What the future holds for independent orthopedic surgeons


Wael Barsoum, MD, president and chief transformation officer at Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company, recently connected with Becker's to discuss what the next five years will look like for independent orthopedic practices.

Note: This response has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Dr. Wael Barsoum: As payers continue to signal a shift from fee-for-service to value-based care models, independent practices will need significant resources and infrastructure to facilitate this successfully. Independent practices may encounter substantial challenges in building these capabilities, given limited resources and experience. Practices can, however, consider aligning or partnering with organizations that have a comprehensive and proven infrastructure and platform for [musculoskeletal] value-based care success.

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