February 7, 2019
Two orthopeadic surgeons from Copley Hospital’s Mansfield Orthopaedics and the Chief Population Health and Quality Officer of University of Vermont Medical Center recently participated in a panel discussion with members of the Green Mountain Care Board to explore strategies to reduce cost and improve care. The January 16th discussion was sparked by steps Wisconsin-based Gundersen Health Systems took to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. Brian Aros, MD, who also serves as Copley’s Chief of Surgery, and John Macy, MD, Copley’s Chief of Orthopedics’, joined Stephen Leffler, MD of UVMC for the discussion, along with Rachel Albrecht, Administrative Director, Orthopedics, Podiatry, & Outpatient Therapies for Gundersen Health System.
In outlining Copley’s orthopaedic program, Dr. Aros acknowledged the work that Dr. Bryan Huber started many years ago with Mansfield Orthopaedics’ Lower Extremity Joint Replacement Program. Dr. Aros detailed how, over time, Copley has been able to decrease the length of stay for total joint patients and that the majority of partial joint replacement patients now go home the same day. Copley focuses on educating patients in advance at a Total Joint class, then pre-operatively, bedside and post operatively and nurtures a collaborative health care team that fully supports patient-centered care. Dr. Macy also spoke specifically to the challenge of being a small hospital and securing and maintaining the necessary resources for comprehensive data analytics.
Both Dr. Aros and Dr. Macy were enthusiastic about participating in this discussion, sharing what is working to improve outcomes while containing costs as we reform care delivery to embrace value-based reimbursement.
A copy of the presentation from Gundersen Health Systems along with additional information about the discussion is available on the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems website.