Humana Inc, along with 11 orthopedic specialty groups in North Carolina and Virginia, are teaming on an orthopedic value-based care model for patients undergoing total hip or knee joint replacement procedures.

The specialty groups in North Carolina are EmergeOrtho (Blue Ridge Bone and Joint Clinic, Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists, Triangle Orthopaedic Associates and Wilmington Orthopaedic Group), Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center, Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, OrthoCarolina and Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

The groups in Virginia are Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates, Hampton Roads Orthopedic Center, and Jordan-Young Institute.

Humana’s Total Joint Replacement Episode-Based Model, for Humana Medicare Advantage members, is designed to improve quality, outcomes, and cost across a person’s entire joint replacement episode of care.

Humana will provide the 11 orthopedic practices in North Carolina and Virginia with data and analytics needed to better manage all aspects of their patients’ care from diagnosis to recovery. It is hoped that this teaming will help patients receive a more coordinated care experience, leading to reduced complication rates and unnecessary readmissions after surgery, according to a media release from Humana.

Along with the orthopedic care groups in North Carolina and Virginia, 12 groups in Ohio and Tennessee joined Humana’s orthopedic value-based care model in 2016, and eight groups in Indiana and Kentucky teamed with Humana last month.

[Source(s): Humana Inc, Business Wire]