Managing implant distribution and costs

By Maureen Leahy

Two solutions that put surgeons and hospitals in the driver’s seat

For several years, there’s been a disconnect between payments to orthopaedic surgeons who perform joint replacements and the cost of the procedure itself. While reimbursement for a hip replacement fell nearly 26 percent from 1997 to 2007, for example, the “average selling price” of a total joint implant increased more than 130 percent.

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