HCA's innovative joint replacement program featured by New England Journal of Medicine

Thu, 10/25/2018

The New England Journal of Medicine’s blog, Catalyst, recently highlighted the HCA’s successful efforts to improve the quality and cost of joint replacement procedures for Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) Classic and UMP CDHP members.

 “Improving care by redesigning payment” details the HCA’s process for developing the Centers of Excellence (COE) Program. The article outlines three key takeaways:

  1. Combining bundled services and prospective payments can encourage providers to work together, resulting in improved clinical outcomes, cost savings, and a better patient experience.
  2. Using evidence-based guidelines to design bundled services can ensure patients receive appropriate care.
  3. Many providers are open to pursuing prospective payment arrangements with purchasers and plans.