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Total Knee and Total Hip Replacement Warranty Model (Adopted July 2013
Total Knee and Total Hip Replacement Bundle (Adopted November 2013)
The current model of health care pays physicians and other providers for the number of services provided rather than the quality of care. This workgroup grew out of the Potentially Avoidable Hospital Readmissions workgroup and looks at how physicians and hospitals are paid for health care services. The workgroup is developing recommendations to tie provider payment to an entire episode of care (including potential complications resulting from poor care).
The workgroup chose to first focus on knee and hip replacements due to the high volume of these procedures and the high variability in how the procedures are performed. To see this high variation, read the readmissions rates by hospital for Washington State:
This workgroup has met from November 2012 to present and is currently developing a recommendation around spine surgery: lumbar fusion.
Letter from Health Care Authority Accepting TKR/THR Bundle, Warranty, and Spine ReportTotal Knee Replacement and Total Hip Replacement Evidence Table (Adopted November 2013)Public Comments Summary: Total Knee Replacement and Total Hip Replacement WarrantyPublic Comments Summary: Total Knee Replacement and Total Hip Replacement BundleWorkgroup Charter