When it comes to orthopedics, providing patients with streamlined care specific to their particular health problem can have a significant impact on improving outcomes.

If the surgery and rehabilitation processes aren’t well-integrated, patients and their care teams can experience higher rates of hospital readmission, increased costs and decreased outcomes over all.

To address these challenges, the Joint Commission launched its Disease-Specific Care certification program in 2002 to evaluate clinical programs across entire episodes of patient care. Orthopedic centers of excellence with this certification have proven that they provide a high level of patient-centric, streamlined care across the entire continuum of a patient’s orthopedic experience.

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The advantage of disease-specific care

When medical facilities have programs designed for disease-specific care, they are able to better coordinate services through the entire episode of care, improving patient outcomes. When a patient’s care team collaborates well, fewer unnecessary tests are performed, information is communicated more effectively and the quality of care post-surgery is improved. This can lead to decreased readmission rates, shorter recovery periods, less variation in treatment and improved quality of life overall following a procedure. Costs are cut and patient satisfaction is increased.

Manage your program with Wellbe

Wellbe’s solution was built to align joint replacement programs around clinical best practices, as well as collect and measure data for performance improvement initiatives.

In fact, Wellbe can help with 50 different Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care standard elements of performance in the areas of:

  • Certification Participation Requirements
  • Supporting Self-Management
  • Program Management
  • Clinical Information Management
  • Delivering or Facilitating Clinical Care
  • Performance Measurement

As a Joint Commission certified hip and knee replacement center, we are champions of patient self-management, as well as continuous performance measurement and improvement. With this new tool we can strengthen our connection with our patients beyond the hospital walls to help them on their journeys, while also collecting feedback to continually improve our processes.

Director of Neurosurgery and Orthopedics, Methodist Dallas Medical Center

 

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