The Journal of Arthroplasty , Volume 34 , Issue 4 , 609 - 612.e1

The Impact of Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Bundled Payment Program on Care Delivery

Sood, Neeraj et al.
Hip

Background

Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) is a Medicare initiative to test the impact of holding a hospital accountable for services provided during an episode of care for a lower extremity joint arthroplasty on costs and quality. This study examines whether hospital participation in CJR is associated with having programs focused on improving posthospitalization care or reducing costs using a survey of orthopedic surgeons.

Methods

Seventy-three (of 104) orthopedic surgeon members of the Hip Society, a national professional organization of hip surgeons, completed the survey.

Results

Surgeons practicing in CJR hospitals were more likely to report that their hospital had implemented programs focused on improving posthospitalization care or reducing costs. Surgeons in CJR hospitals were significantly more likely to report that the hospital had a narrow network of skilled nursing facilities to enhance care and limit length of stay in skilled nursing facilities (83% vs 47%, P < .01). Surgeons in CJR hospitals were also more likely to report the hospital provides incentives or some type of gainsharing. There were no statistically significant differences in implementation of having programs to reduce costs or improve care during hospitalization.

Conclusion

Participation in CJR is associated with higher utilization of hospital practices aimed at improving postdischarge care and higher utilization of linking surgeon compensation to cost and quality.


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