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Behavioral Screening and Intervention for Improving Lower-Extremity Arthroplasty Outcomes and Controlling Costs

Richard L. Brown, MD, MPH1
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1Family Medicine and Community Health, the Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(7):686. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.5528.
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To the Editor Jackson and colleagues1 described an opportunity for orthopedic surgeons to improve outcomes and reduce costs under Medicare’s new bundled payment plan for lower-extremity joint replacements. They identified transplant surgeons as role models because transplant surgeons “have learned to engage both traditional and nontraditional partners…in care redesign.”1 They mentioned skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies as such partners. They could have also mentioned behavioral health professionals, who have helped transplant surgeons identify and manage behavioral health conditions that frequently worsen outcomes.2

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July 1, 2016
Hannah Alphs Jackson, MD, MHSA; Brian Walsh, BS, CPA; Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA
1Value-Based Delivery, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Chicago, Illinois
2Managed Care, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Chicago, Illinois
3Comprehensive Transplant Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(7):686-687. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.5548.
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