Join, Follow & Connect
Join Modern Healthcare's LinkedIn group Follow Modern Healthcare on Twitter Join Modern Healthcare's Facebook group Follow Modern Healthcare's Pinterest board Modern Healthcare's Flickr page Modern Healthcare's YouTube Channel Get a Modern Healthcare news feed

 
Comment Buy Reprints Print Article Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email this page to a colleague
Healthcare Business News
 

Hospitals, insurer launch joint-replacement quality effort


By Paul Barr
Posted: May 24, 2012 - 10:45 am ET
Tags:

Twelve Michigan hospitals and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, Detroit, launched a hip and knee replacement quality initiative that will collect related data and use that to develop best practices and procedures.

Orthopedic surgeons will meet regularly to review data collected by the newly formed Michigan Arthroplasty Registry Collaborative Quality Initiative to share information and identify improvements in those procedures, according to a Michigan Blues news release. "Our data registry will first focus on how to improve outcomes right after surgery," said Dr. Brian Hallstrom, clinical leader of the arthroplasty initiative and clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Michigan, in the release. "Then we'll also take a longer-term approach to see what changes could improve the outcome, such as implant choice or other factors."

Advertisement | View Media Kit

 

A typical hip or knee replacement surgery costs $20,000 to $30,000, but re-replacement or revision surgeries can cost three to four times more, and usually require longer hospital stays, Hallstrom said. "We're aiming to catch problems with implants and other aspects of surgery so we can avoid complications and revision surgeries," he said.

The quality and safety initiative is one of 12 that the Blues plan has in place with Michigan hospitals, according to the release.


What do you think?

Share your opinion. Send a letter to the Editor or Post a comment below.

Post a comment

Loading Comments Loading comments...

Search ModernHealthcare.com:


 

Switch to the new Modern Healthcare Daily News app

For the best experience of ModernHealthcare.com on your iPad, switch to the new Modern Healthcare app — it's optimized for your device but there is no need to download.