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Smoking cessation may boost outcomes after joint replacement surgery

Smokers often have poor outcomes after procedures in hospitals. Since facilities are being judged based on patient outcomes, avoiding complications is critical. New research suggests that helping these patients quit smoking may have a positive impact on their recovery from various procedures – specifically hip and knee replacements. 

Bundled payments lowered costs for one health system

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been reimbursing hundreds of hospitals for joint replacement under a bundled payment model since last year. More evidence is being released concerning just how beneficial bundled payments can be for reducing healthcare costs. 

Details announced on CMS bundled payments for joint replacement

It’s official: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has set a date for when bundled payments will begin for hip and knee replacements. The agency’s also released the new structure it’ll use for reimbursement – and there are quite a few changes from its initial proposal.  

Bundled payments coming for joint replacement surgery

Bundled payments for common surgeries are coming sooner than you may think. In fact, for many hospitals, they’ll be starting for two routine joint replacement surgeries as early as next year – according to a new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).