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How can we measure the value and impact of orthopaedic care?
Date:11/26/2013

Needham, MA Healthcare expenditures currently account for 18% of the United States Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Some experts have suggested that an emphasis on value may be an effective strategy to evaluate healthcare costs. In a recent article published in the inaugural issue of JBJS Reviews, authors Benedict U. Nwachukwu, MD, MBA; Kamran S. Hamid, MD, MPH; and Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, argue that understanding value necessitates measuring outcome and cost at the patient level, and that the focus should be on results from validated disease-specific patient-reported outcome measures and health-related quality-of-life measures, measured across the continuum of a patient's care cycle.

"As the United States healthcare system shifts from one that rewards and incentivizes volume and intensity of services delivered to a more value-conscious payment and delivery system, orthopaedic surgeons will increasingly need to understand and implement the principles of value-based healthcare, " said Dr. Bozic, orthopaedic surgeon, health policy researcher, and senior author of the study. "Our manuscript outlines some of the key principles and strategies that will enable orthopaedic surgeons to collaborate with other healthcare stakeholders to improve the value of musculoskeletal care."

Key Findings

  • Value in orthopaedic surgery is most effectively defined as health outcomes per dollar spent. A patient-focused definition of value benefits all stakeholders in musculoskeletal care.
  • Value can be measured by understanding patient outcomes (including disease-specific patient-reported outcomes as well as generic health-related quality of life) and the cost of care across the entire continuum of musculoskeletal care.
  • Calculating costs can be challenging. Popular cost-accounting methods in orthopae
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