BCBS of Rhode Island, University Orthopedics partner in bundled payment arrangement for outpatient joint replacements


Providence, R.I.-based University Orthopedics and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island are developing a new value-based initiative for outpatient total joint replacements.

The bundled payment program will transfer some joint replacement procedures from the inpatient- and/or outpatient-hospital setting to UO's new ASC in East Providence, R.I.

Outpatient hip, knee and shoulder replacement surgeries are included in the program, which is only available to BCBSRI commercial members.

The bundle includes several services such as surgery, use of the new UO ASC, overnight stay at its wellness center and nurse care services.

BCBSRI and UO plan to develop further bundled payment programs for outpatient procedures that can be performed in ASCs.

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