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Implant standardization program controls costs, benefits hospitals and surgeons

from Healio

By using certain implants and payers, costs can be regulated in orthopedic surgery, according to a presenter at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Orthopedic Value-Based Care. New orthopedic technology is being introduced at a rapid rate and more complex cases of all types of surgery are being done, including spine surgery. This requires the use of more rods, screws and cages, according to Nitin N. Bhatia, MD, who is interim chair of orthopedics at University of California, Irvine. Therefore, Bhatia’s department decided to keep the costs low and value of care high through an implant standardization program. more


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