Payment Reform: What does it actually mean?

Payment reform is back on center stage. And after several voluntary pilot programs, it has taken a big step forward with a new initiative mandated by CMS. This program goes into effect April 1, 2016 and signals a seismic shift toward value-based-payments. But first, some quick context: The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program…

Payment reform is back on center stage.

And after several voluntary pilot programs, it has taken a big step forward with a new initiative mandated by CMS. This program goes into effect April 1, 2016 and signals a seismic shift toward value-based-payments.

 

But first, some quick context:
The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program is the first mandatory bundled payment program introduced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) aimed to reduce cost and enhance quality across hip and knee replacement procedures.

This is what an overview of the program looks like:

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How does it work?
Acute care hospitals across 67 markets will be held accountable for all expenditures related to a lower extremity joint replacement from admission through ninety-days post-discharge.

 

CMS will measure total spend as compared to a target price established based on hospital-specific and regional historical data. Under CJR, reimbursement will also be linked to quality of care and overall patient satisfaction.

 

For a hospital to be successful in a bundled payment model, alignment with physicians, post-acute care providers, and other collaborators is key. CMS and the Office of of the Inspector General (OIG) have issued fraud and abuse waivers to open the door for gainsharing between hospitals and CJR collaborators to facilitate this alignment.

 

Before it goes live on April 1, 2016, hospitals should take steps to understand current cost and quality performance, strengthen physician relationships, and explore tools and technologies to aid in care coordination – all of which will be critical for success under CJR and bundled payment programs to come.


InVivoLink Announces John Bass as CEO

Posted on January 6, 2016 by HealthTrust NASHVILLE, Tennessee—January 6, 2016—InVivoLink announces the appointment of John Bass as its chief executive officer (CEO). The healthcare technology company, a HealthTrust℠ affiliate since November 2014, provides expertise in bundled payments and value-based medicine that complements HealthTrust’s medical device sourcing and consulting capabilities. Bass has served as COO of…

NASHVILLE, Tennessee—January 6, 2016—InVivoLink announces the appointment of John Bass as its chief executive officer (CEO). The healthcare technology company, a HealthTrust℠ affiliate since November 2014, provides expertise in bundled payments and value-based medicine that complements HealthTrust’s medical device sourcing and consulting capabilities.

Bass has served as COO of InVivoLink since its creation in 2009. Most recently, he has been leading efforts to integrate InVivoLink’s Web-based care management platform with the orthopedic and spine service line strategies of providers. The need for value-based care management is being highlighted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services through its new Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) initiatives.

Prior to joining InVivoLink, Bass served as COO of Titan Management Group, an emerging software services company. He was also on the startup team of empactHealth.com, a Web-based e-procurement provider later acquired by Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX).

“John has worked closely with HealthTrust on a variety of strategic initiatives,” says HealthTrust CEO Ed Jones. “He has become a trusted resource for our leadership team and I’m delighted to have him overseeing our broader goal of helping providers capitalize on emerging clinical and operational opportunities.”

A Nashville native, Bass holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About InVivoLink
InVivoLink, Inc. provides care management technology and services used to optimize care delivery for orthopedic and spine procedures. Using data collected by InVivoLink across the continuum of care, hospitals and surgeons can have meaningful, evidence-based discussions that improve each patient’s experience. Providers also use InVivoLink to design the optimal care for future patients beginning when the patient is scheduled for a procedure. When used at scale, InVivoLink’s registry allows providers to employ market-based bundled payment strategies focused on operational excellence. InVivoLink has more than six years of experience managing value-based care in orthopedics. For more information, visit www.invivolink.wpengine.com.

About HealthTrust
HealthTrust (legally known as Healthtrust Purchasing Group, L.P.) is committed to strengthening provider performance and clinical excellence through an aligned membership model and the delivery of total cost management solutions, including supply chain solutions and a contract and service portfolio unparalleled in quality, scope and value. HealthTrust (www.healthtrustpg.com) serves over 1,400 acute care facilities and members in more than 22,300 other locations, including ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, long-term care and alternate care sites. Headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, HealthTrust is an affiliate of Parallon Business Solutions, LLC (www.parallon.com), a leading provider of healthcare business and operational services, including revenue cycle management, workforce and technology solutions. On Twitter @healthtrustpg and @parallonconnect.

InVivoLink attending AAOS Shifting from Volume to Value: May 28 in Washington, DC

AAOS Shifting from Volume to Value: Preparing Your Practice for Healthcare Reform Healthcare delivery and payment systems in the U.S. have shifted to incentivize value over volume. InVivoLink is attending this strategic meeting where successful value-based healthcare models and their impact on orthopaedic practice are being presented. After attending last year, the conference examines practical…

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AAOS Shifting from Volume to Value: Preparing Your Practice for Healthcare Reform

Healthcare delivery and payment systems in the U.S. have shifted to incentivize value over volume. InVivoLink is attending this strategic meeting where successful value-based healthcare models and their impact on orthopaedic practice are being presented. After attending last year, the conference examines practical tools models that benefit patients and increase value.

Our booth is set up at the Congressional/Senate Foyer. Please stop by if you are attending!

 

HealthTrust Expands Orthopedic and Spine Care Management Solutions through InVivoLink

Nashville, Tennessee—April 16, 2015 — HealthTrustSM announces today the launch of a new suite of services and partnership with InVivoLink, Inc. to expand their medical device sourcing capabilities. With a broad portfolio of products to monitor patient outcomes, streamline care management and enhance the patient experience, InVivoLink enhances HealthTrust’s mission to strengthen clinical…

Nashville, Tennessee—April 16, 2015 — HealthTrustSM announces today the launch of a new suite of services and partnership with InVivoLink, Inc. to expand their medical device sourcing capabilities. With a broad portfolio of products to monitor patient outcomes, streamline care management and enhance the patient experience, InVivoLink enhances HealthTrust’s mission to strengthen clinical and operational performance in hospitals.

InVivoLink technology offerings enable hospitals, physicians and care teams to capture and assess clinical and financial data before, during and after surgery. The technology enables providers to make better informed decisions to improve outcomes and drive clinical excellence. InVivoLink provides services to HealthTrust members as well as other major health systems.

“InVivoLink provides an efficient and comprehensive solution to capture clinical and financial data specific to our joint replacement service line,” said Steve Schutzer, M.D., medical director of the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute. “As one of the larger total joint centers in the northeast, we are working with InVivoLink to enhance our outcomes research program and refine our care delivery model for our patients.”

“HealthTrust continuously seeks opportunities to expand its service offerings and InVivoLink presents us with scalable technology to enhance the patient experience and service we provide to our clients,” said Ed Jones, president and CEO of HealthTrust. “I look forward to the ongoing innovation and continued expansion of our suite of services with InVivoLink.”

Jones noted that the knowledge, innovation and experience of the InVivoLink leadership team were key factors in the decision to partner with InVivoLink. Led by Ryan Wells, founder and CEO, the company has seen significant growth over the last two years.

“Elevating clinical excellence remains a primary focus for HealthTrust.  InVivoLink’s technology works to enhance patient care, creating a strategic alignment,” said Wells. “Together with HealthTrust, we have the technology and experience to scale InVivoLink across the U.S. as well as internationally.”

Providers interested in exploring these services can contact HealthTrust at 615.344.3000 or sales@healthtrustpg.com.

About InVivoLink
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, InVivoLink, Inc. is a healthcare technology company that unites surgeons, hospitals, manufacturers and therapists with a platform that helps to optimize patient care. Providing a comprehensive care management solution, InVivoLink maintains an implant registry that tracks outcomes data across the episode of care. InVivoLink equips care teams with tools to collaborate efficiently and real time analytics for operational insight. Dedicated to improving the patient experience, InVivoLink pioneered Your Care Steps as an interactive portal to educate patients throughout their recovery. Founded in 2009, InVivoLink is a leading provider of evidence-based technologies that promotes clinical excellence in orthopedic and spine programs. For more information, visit www.invivolink.wpengine.com and follow @invivolink.

About HealthTrust
HealthTrust (legally known as HealthTrust Purchasing Group, L.P.) is committed to strengthening provider performance and clinical excellence through an aligned membership model and the delivery of total cost management solutions, including supply chain solutions and a contract and service portfolio unparalleled in quality, scope and value. HealthTrust (www.healthtrustpg.com ) serves 1,350 acute care facilities and members in more than 15,000 other locations, including ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, long-term care and alternate care sites. Headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, HealthTrust is an affiliate of Parallon Business Solutions, LLC (www.parallon.com), a leading provider of healthcare business and operational services, including revenue cycle management, workforce and technology solutions. On Twitter @healthtrustpg and @parallonconnect.

Come see InVivoLink at AAOS March 25-27, 2015 in Las Vegas

The technical exhibits at the AAOS 2015 Annual Meeting will take place in Halls A-D at the Venetian/Sands EXPO in Las Vegas, NV on March 25-27. InVivoLink is located in Booth #4416 in the Practice Productivity room and will be presenting updates on InVivoLink’s platform for capturing outcomes, engaging patients and managing care within bundles.…

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The technical exhibits at the AAOS 2015 Annual Meeting will take place in Halls A-D at the Venetian/Sands EXPO in Las Vegas, NV on March 25-27. InVivoLink is located in Booth #4416 in the Practice Productivity room and will be presenting updates on  InVivoLink’s platform for capturing outcomes, engaging patients and managing care within bundles.

Our technical exhibit at the Annual Meeting offers you the single best opportunity to see how InVivoLink drives clinical excellence throughout the episode of care.

Exhibit Hall Hours:

Wednesday, March 25  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, March 26  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, March 27  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Please come by our booth or let us arrange a demo at your convenience.

Todd Devree / 734-233-7851  / tdevree@invivolink.wpengine.com

 

AAHKS 2014 Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX

InVivoLink is attending the AAHKS 2014 Annual Meeting from November 6-9 in Dallas, Texas. This year’s Annual Meeting will host more than 1,300 hip and knee surgeons and allied health professionals from the United States and 22 other countries. Highlights of the meeting include: 56 scientific presentations on primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty, infection,…

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InVivoLink is attending the AAHKS 2014 Annual Meeting from November 6-9 in Dallas, Texas.

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This year’s Annual Meeting will host more than 1,300 hip and knee surgeons and allied health professionals from the United States and 22 other countries. Highlights of the meeting include:

  • 56 scientific presentations on primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty, infection, complications, joint preservation, health policy, basic science and related topics
  • 200 poster presentations with ePoster author discussion options
  • 80 educational industry exhibits
  • 11 industry-sponsored, pre-meeting symposia
  • 8 scientific program symposia
  • 3 “Ask the Experts” Case Sessions
  • 1 Humanitarian Award

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Download the PDF version of the Final Program Schedule.

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Please stop by our booth or call Todd DeVree at (734) 233-7851 to set up a time to meet so we can share a quick presentation on our care management platform that captures outcomes, manages registry data and engages patients across the episode of care.

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ICJR 3rd Annual Anterior Hip Course

InVivoLink will be in attendance at the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction in Houston, Texas on September 18-20, 2014. ICJR will host a renowned faculty of thought leaders and pioneers in direct anterior approach total hip arthroplasty to educate attendees of all levels of experience. Over 180 orthopedic surgeons are expected to attend. See the agenda and brochure…

InVivoLink will be in attendance at the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction in Houston, Texas on September 18-20, 2014.
ICJR will host a renowned faculty of thought leaders and pioneers in direct anterior approach total hip arthroplasty to educate attendees of all levels of experience. Over 180 orthopedic surgeons are expected to attend.
Please stop by our booth or get in touch to set up a time for a demonstration.

 

Tuning Up the Episode of Care

In anticipation of the HealthTrust University Conference on July 28-30, the Q3 Summer edition of THE SOURCE is available now. As the conference issue, it focuses on topics of Cost, Quality & Clinical Outcomes. The issue includes an article on InVivoLink’s web-based solutions — highlighting our efforts to elevate outcomes and drive cost efficiencies by creating a platform…

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In anticipation of the HealthTrust University Conference on July 28-30, the Q3 Summer edition of THE SOURCE is available now. As the conference issue, it focuses on topics of Cost, Quality & Clinical Outcomes. The issue includes an article on InVivoLink’s web-based solutions — highlighting our efforts to elevate outcomes and drive cost efficiencies by creating a platform for integrated care, patient engagement, data capture, surgeon created registry and value analysis. The article states,

“InVivoLink technologies deliver promising results in a number of measures that can significantly improve care for patients. In addition, they also help decision-makers control their costs. Using scanners, barcodes and touch screens, InVivoLink lets surgeons gather information on implant devices and patients before surgery, at the operating table and in recovery.”

 

 THE SOURCE HealthTrust UniversityMember Magazine Quarter 3, 2014:

  • Value-based purchasing
  • Clinical impacts of healthcare reform
  • Biosimilars, drug shortages and medication safety
  • Using value analysis to evaluate new medical devices
  • New protocols for environmental sterility

 

 

VIDEO: Interactive Surgeon Interview

In the above video, you can direct leading surgeons in a discussion on the changing face of orthopedic care and how educational, interactive and data registry advances are changing the way care is planned for different procedures and individual patients. As we have talked with surgeons around the country, a recurring trend emerges again and…

In the above video, you can direct leading surgeons in a discussion on the changing face of orthopedic care and how educational, interactive and data registry advances are changing the way care is planned for different procedures and individual patients.

As we have talked with surgeons around the country, a recurring trend emerges again and again. Covering the full spectrum of patient care is no longer just a desire of the surgeon, it is a requirement for the hospital.

It starts by engaging the patient from the beginning of the scheduling process. It ends long after the last follow up, tracking the outcome of the procedure. But while engaging the patient improves outcomes and increases patient satisfaction, it is not enough on its own.

In addition to the educational and interactive benefits of patient engagement, surgeons need a platform that allows all providers to collaborate and improve outcomes as a team.