Centennial, CO., October 17, 2016 – ValidCare, the industry’s premier surgical patient experience network announces today the expansion of their proprietary digital health platform to include surgical CareTracks™ for patients undergoing lower extremity total joint (i.e., total hip and total knee), spine and general surgical procedures.
ValidCare works with hospitals to prepare and navigate the challenges of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model. We can help you with the complex nature of this program and make it relatively simple to understand and implement.
April 1st marks the start of the five-year, Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) mandatory bundled payment model from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for Medicare patients undergoing hip or knee joint replacement surgery. Hospitals in 67 MSAs will join their peers currently participating in the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative.
ValidCare, LLC (Centennial, CO), the industry’s only patient experience network for surgical patients is excited to announce its partnership with Marcia Friesen & Associates, LLC (Chicago, IL), a global healthcare consulting firm specializing in customized orthopedic and healthcare solutions.
Negotiating the Minefield
Making Bundled Payments work for you in an era of Healthcare Payment Reform is a complex minefield of care coordination. Three key elements have been identified for successful transition to the pending mandates.1
Telehealth is arguably one of the best tools available to help lower hospital readmission rates, and it should be more widely leveraged because readmissions aren’t dropping as fast as many stakeholders would like.
If so, you are not alone… Over 1,200 hospitals are in the same boat despite their best efforts. Typically, symptoms (e.g., site infection, prosthetic issues, etc…) leading to unplanned readmissions occur outside the clinical environment leaving the care team blind until the patient shows up in the Emergency Department.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is effectively implementing a strategy to shift Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) payments to alternative reimbursement models. CMS proposed the first mandatory bundled payment model, i.e. the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR) in July as a 5-Year Program CY2016-2020.