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Preparing for the Inevitable: Mandatory Bundles in Musculoskeletal Care

 

Whether you currently participate in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) orthopedic bundled payments, now is the time to better understand bundles and how to thrive with them. Several indicators suggest mandatory bundled payments are on the horizon for musculoskeletal care. Health systems and providers will be well served by adopting the foundations needed for success when these value-based care models become mandatory.

“The current head of CMS has signaled broader and more comprehensive mandatory bundled payments are coming, probably in the next two or three years as BCPI-A sunsets,” said DeLyle Manwaring, Executive Vice President of Market Transformation at Phoenix-based Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo). “In 2021, we are already seeing changes in the voluntary bundled payment system as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) launched radical changes, most notably changing bundles to all-encompassing clinical episode service groupings, which requires participants to take risk on a broad swath of DRGs, most notably, traumas.”

To learn more about these changes, read the following article.  Gone are the days when you can take risk only on the easy elective cases.

Another indicator of changes to value-based care models can be found in the incoming Biden administration. President Biden will likely want to bolster the Affordable Care Act, which originally called for mandatory bundles that were later rescinded by the Trump Administration. They are now more likely to happen as the administration looks for opportunities to strengthen the healthcare act for which Biden was an original author.

“At HOPCo, we believe these upcoming changes will continue to improve overall quality of care and reduce the total cost of each episode of care,” said Manwaring. “They also emphasize the need for orthopedic providers and health systems to begin preparing now for the future inevitability of mandatory bundled care programs.”

Medical practices and health systems can start preparing now by developing a platform for success, not only for mandatory CMS bundles but for commercial bundles as well.  The systems and capabilities needed for success with bundled payments include a robust data analytics engine, evidence-based clinical pathways and protocols, partnerships across the care continuum and teams experienced in managing every step in the process.

Imagine flying a plane through a storm without instruments. That’s what it’s like when you are taking risk on bundles without the right data analytics engine. Data and feedback from payors (commercial or government) can often be incomplete or misleading despite appropriate intentions. With the right data platform, developed by individuals and actuaries with decades of experience in payor risk and orthopedic bundles, the best and most timely information on performance will make the difference between guesswork and precision. This allows surgeons and hospitals to make real-time adjustments in clinical and operational practice to optimize care. By having the right instrument panel for outcomes, claims and results combined with timely data, hospitals and physicians can enhance opportunities for success and ensure both government and commercial payors pay appropriately and get the analytics right.

Evidence-based clinical pathways and protocols are crucial to identifying the best site for service and optimizing length of stay and recovery care. The appropriate pathways not only reduce variation and improve outcomes, they also give providers peace of mind that they are doing the very best for patients while managing risk. Surgeons and hospitals with strong value-based programs and teams experienced in managing every aspect of orthopedic bundles will be best equipped for success under mandatory bundle payment systems.

“HOPCo’s experience managing bundled payment models and value-based programs coupled with our suite of clinical decision support tools position our affiliated practices, hospital partners and payor networks for success with the future CMS mandatory models,” concluded Manwaring. “Our experts know the right questions to ask, where patients should be in each step of their treatment and recovery, and how to work with every provider across the continuum. We can optimize workflow, develop preferred networks, analyze data and equip surgeons and health systems for success in an environment of orthopedic bundles.”


About Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) is the leading provider of musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management. This includes comprehensive management and optimization of specialties such as orthopedics, spine, hand, pain management, rehabilitation and neurology. HOPCo’s integrated care and analytics platform has proven to increase the quality of patient care and program revenue while reliably reducing the total cost of care across the care continuum for practices, health systems and payors alike.  For more information, visit www.hopco.com.

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Former Cleveland Clinic Florida Chief Operating Officer Accepts New Role at HOPCo

 

Phoenix, AZ (January 18, 2021) – Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo), the national leader in musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management, has announced that Osmel “Ozzie” Delgado will now lead the company as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining HOPCo, Ozzie served as the Chief Operating Officer for Cleveland Clinic Florida since 2014.

“During my time at Cleveland Clinic Florida, one of my major roles was to effect change that led to value creation, both for our patients and health system,” said Ozzie. “Over the last several years, HOPCo has proven that they are clearly leading the change to value-based care in the musculoskeletal space. With the growth HOPCo has experienced in the last few years and their trajectory for the future, I am excited to help implement operational optimizations to further align stakeholders.”

As the Chief Operating Officer at HOPCo, his role will be to improve operational efficiencies and process redesign to help further drive value-based musculoskeletal care on a national level by working directly with clinical and non-clinical leadership teams.  Ozzie has over 18 years of healthcare experience and has held a progression of leadership roles within Cleveland Clinic Florida, including the Director of Pharmacy, the Administrative Director of Clinical Operations, Senior Director of Operations, and most recently, Chief Operating Officer for the Cleveland Clinic Florida region.

“Ozzie is a natural leader and an incredible addition to our team,” said Dr. David Jacofsky, Chairman and CEO of HOPCo. “With a growing list of payor, health system and physician practice joint ventures to drive market transformation, his experience in creating high-performing, highly integrated, operational infrastructure is exactly what we were looking for in this role.”

Ozzie earned his Master of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University, a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Barry University.  He has been an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) since 2011.  He also served as a previous Board member for the South Florida Health Executive Forum.

 

About Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) is the leading provider of musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management. This includes comprehensive management and optimization of specialties such as orthopedics, spine, hand, pain management, rehabilitation and neurology. HOPCo’s integrated care and analytics platform has proven to increase the quality of patient care and program revenue while reliably reducing the total cost of care across the care continuum for practices, health systems and payors alike.  For more information, visit www.hopco.com.

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Daniel Goldberg
Sr. Director of Marketing, Branding and Communications HOPCo
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HOPCo and The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery Announce Partnership to Transform Musculoskeletal Care in Southeast Florida

 

Palm Beach, FL (January 13, 2021) – Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo), the national leader in musculoskeletal practice management and value-based care solutions, and Palm Beach-based The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery (CBJ), have partnered to create an innovative musculoskeletal care platform established to develop unique clinically-integrated partnerships with musculoskeletal practices and other physicians, health systems and payors throughout the Palm Beach Market, with the intent to expand the platform in other markets in South East Florida.

Utilizing HOPCo’s proprietary care management platform, software tools and analytics, this new partnership will provide value-based health care solutions to improve care outcomes and patient satisfaction. HOPCo and CBJ have already begun working with  additional musculoskeletal practices and other care partners to develop a clinically-integrated platform for population health, bundled payment and other unique value-based care arrangements and are in discussions with health systems, payors and practices to expand its care network throughout South Florida.

“The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery has an over 25-year track record of providing outstanding care to patients in the Palm Beach area,” said Wael Barsoum, MD, HOPCo’s President and Chief Transformation Officer. “Their leadership team embraces the shift to value-based care, which makes them an ideal partner for us.  We are excited to help them build the first of its kind musculoskeletal care platform in partnership with other leading musculoskeletal providers in the region.”

The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery is a multi-location practice devoted to diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal injuries and diseases.  CBJ utilizes the expertise of 27 providers and offers leading-edge treatments in orthopedics, sports medicine, joint replacement surgery, trauma and fracture repair as well as spinal conditions.

“We have always made it our mission to provide personalized care to our patients,” said Michael Morgan, CEO of The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery. “The addition of HOPCo’s evidence-based care pathways and outcomes tracking analytics will allow us to provide more cost-effective care to our patients while still maintaining our personalized care approach.  We see this partnership with HOPCo as a major step into the future of healthcare, which is creating more value and better outcomes for more patients.”

This partnership further expands HOPCo’s unique service offerings throughout the State of Florida.  In 2019, HOPCo partnered with Southeast Orthopedic Specialists to create a musculoskeletal clinical care platform for the North East Florida and the Gulf Coast.  Earlier this year, HOPCo also announced a joint venture with Ascension Florida, one of the nation’s leading hospital systems, that included the development of the first musculoskeletal-focused CIN in the State of Florida and the first orthopedic specialty hospital located in the Jacksonville area.

 

About Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) is the leading provider of musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management. This includes comprehensive management and optimization of specialties such as orthopedics, spine, hand, pain management, rehabilitation and neurology. HOPCo’s integrated care and analytics platform has proven to increase the quality of patient care and program revenue while reliably reducing the total cost of care across the care continuum for practices, health systems and payors alike.  For more information, visit www.hopco.com.

About The Center for Bone and Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches

Established in 1992, The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches has grown to seven locations, including Royal Palm Beach and offices in Wellington, Belle Glade, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and Port Saint Lucie, Florida.  The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches offers a team approach to care and provides a variety of services right on campus designed for convenience and ensuring an outstanding continuum of care. These include on-site X-ray, on-site MRI, on-site physical therapy, and aquatic therapy.  For more information, visit www.boneandjoint.org.

 

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HOPCo Partnership Creates Northeast Florida’s First Orthopedic and Spine Care Specialty Hospital

Specialty hospital located within Ascension St. Vincent’s Southside in Jacksonville

 

Jacksonville, Fla. (January 5, 2021) – Northeast Florida’s first specialty hospital dedicated solely to orthopedic and spine care is now open to patients. The Performance Orthopedics and Spine Specialty Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent’s formally opened to patients on Monday, January 4. It is part of a broader partnership between Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast and Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo), in conjunction with Southeast Orthopedic Specialists.

During the past several months, the new specialty hospital located within Ascension St. Vincent’s Southside, has undergone renovations to streamline patient access and create a custom one-of-a-kind boutique experience for patients and their loved ones.  This includes a dedicated check-in area, as well as dedicated clinical and non-clinical staff, operating rooms, pre-op and recovery areas, inpatient hospital rooms, a rehabilitation unit and family waiting area.

“Patients should have the best, most personalized musculoskeletal care possible in the best setting possible, and that’s why we’ve partnered to create the new Performance Orthopedics and Spine brand and specialty hospital,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gavan Duffy. “When all aspects of care are aligned and streamlined, it makes it more convenient for patients and can also help them get better, faster.”

HOPCo is a leading provider of musculoskeletal outcomes and fully integrated management, value-based healthcare solutions and care coordination for practices, payors and health systems.

“We are honored to work together to build the next generation of transformative musculoskeletal care for patients across North Florida,” said DeLyle Manwaring, Executive Vice President of Market Transformation for HOPCo. “Our work with partners in many regions across the United States has demonstrated the collective value of creating an alignment between hospitals, physicians and payors in the musculoskeletal space.”

Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast’s partnership with HOPCo also encompasses a new Performance Orthopedics and Spine brand that will manage a comprehensive musculoskeletal service line and develop a clinically-integrated network of musculoskeletal physician practices. In Northeast Florida, this also includes plans for co-developing a network of ambulatory surgery centers.

“As healthcare providers, we always strive to offer the most advanced, comprehensive care possible at all times,” said Ascension St. Vincent’s neurosurgeon Dr. Ali Chahlavi. “Any time we can collaborate with colleagues, as with the creation of this specialty hospital, we have the opportunity to further improve patient experience and outcomes.”

“We are thrilled to see our plans to improve the level of orthopedic and spine care in Northeast Florida come to life,” said James Machado, regional president of Ascension St. Vincent’s Southside and Ascension St. Vincent’s St. Johns County, which is currently under construction. “We’ve done the research and know that our community has long needed something like Performance Orthopedics and Spine that is dedicated to bringing musculoskeletal providers together into a top-notch, comprehensive network. This ultimately improves care and convenience for those we are blessed to serve.”

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About Ascension St. Vincent’s

Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast includes Ascension St. Vincent’s based in Jacksonville, Florida, Ascension Sacred Heart based in Pensacola, Florida, and Ascension Providence in Mobile, Alabama. Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast operates nine hospitals and more than 100 other sites of care, employing more than 13,000 associates. Across the region, Ascension Providence, Ascension Sacred Heart and Ascension St. Vincent’s have served North Florida and South Alabama communities for more than 165 years. In fiscal year 2020, Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast provided more than $237 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty. Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Nationally, Ascension operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 146 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 19 states and the District of Columbia, while providing a variety of services including clinical and network services, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization. Visit www.ascension.org.

 

About Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) is the leading provider of musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management. This includes comprehensive management and optimization of specialties such as orthopedics, spine, hand, pain management, rehabilitation and neurology. HOPCo’s integrated care and analytics platform has proven to increase the quality of patient care and program revenue while reliably reducing the total cost of care across the care continuum for practices, health systems and payors alike.  For more information, visit www.hopco.com.

 

About Southeast Orthopedic Specialists

Established in 2001, Southeast Orthopedic Specialists is a regional leader in musculoskeletal care. The group was founded on the principle of providing high-quality, comprehensive care in the North Florida region. The entire spectrum of orthopedic care is provided to patients including: orthopedic surgery, spine care, physiatry, pain management, chiropractic, podiatry and physical therapy. Physicians at Southeast Orthopedic Specialists are leading experts in their field with decades of experience, including the completion of multiple fellowships and groundbreaking research. Visit www.se-ortho.com to learn more.

 

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Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company Acquires Stryker’s Performance Solutions’ Extensive Value-Based Care Business

 

October 5, 2020 (Phoenix, AZ) – Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) has announced the acquisition of Stryker Performance Solutions’ (SPS) BPCI-A value-based care convener business and segments of SPS’ health system orthopedic service line analytics subscription business. This acquisition now makes HOPCo one of the largest conveners of MSK bundle payment programs and the largest manager of orthopedic service lines in the country, with over 100 hospital and physician practice customers.  In this transaction, HOPCo will acquire Episode Performance ManagerTM, SPS’ leading outcomes management software, as well as assume Stryker’s interest in a clinically integrated network based in Buffalo, NY.  HOPCo will also be licensing RecoveryCoachTM and the orthopedic Hospital Reported Outcomes analytics tools to provide excellent service and additional tools to customers.

HOPCo is a leading provider of practice and outcomes management, value-based health care solutions and care coordination for musculoskeletal practices, health systems and clinically integrated care networks.  HOPCo’s affiliated practice networks and health system partners successfully participate in population health, bundled payments, and other unique value-based care programs utilizing HOPCo’s proprietary technology platforms and clinical care pathways. The SPS convener and orthopedic analytics subscription business lines will be added to HOPCo’s broader suite of tools focused on population health and will further accelerate performance by leveraging the data collected and efficiencies developed by HOPCo for over a decade.

“HOPCo has been at the forefront of delivering successful advanced alternative payment models since 2005 and has a proven track record of results of partnering with hospitals, payors and physician groups to deploy programs that improve patient outcomes while bending the cost curve to improve the financial performance of all stakeholders.  With this acquisition, HOPCo will expand its population health and musculoskeletal management programs to existing SPS and HOPCo customers, as well as new customers throughout the U.S.,” said CEO of HOPCo, Dr. David Jacofsky.  “With HOPCo’s robust array of tools and analytics, and the addition of these assets developed by SPS, we can better help align stakeholders to drive their market transformation as they become more operationally efficient and lead the move toward value-based care,” added Dr. Jacofsky.

In order to ensure the continuity of services for existing customers, several SPS employees will join HOPCo’s Health System and Value-Based Care Management division as part of the acquisition.

“We expect the transition of SPS customers to the HOPCo platform to be virtually seamless and we see nothing but additional value for existing customers,” said DeLyle Manwaring, who leads this division at HOPCo.  “In the coming months, customers will have the ability to integrate with our custom suite of existing IT tools and analytics in order to help them move to true population health for musculoskeletal care.”

“We’re confident that this decision sets our customers up for continued success.  Stryker will continue to focus on the expansion of its Mako Program Analytics offering and execute on the company’s future vision with SmartRobotics™.  Our data analytics focus on Mako will complement the services HOPCo will provide.  Our aim is to help facilities realize the full potential of Mako SmartRobotics and provide solutions to enable better decision making as well as strong patient engagement,” said Brian McCrone, Vice President, Stryker’s Performance Solutions.

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About Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo)

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) is the leading provider of musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management. This includes comprehensive management and optimization of specialties such as orthopedics, spine, sports, hand, pain management, rehabilitation and neurology. HOPCO’s integrated care and analytics platform has proven to increase the quality of patient care and program revenue while reliably reducing the total cost of care across the care continuum for practices, health systems and payors alike.

Hospital Reported Outcomes is a web-based dashboard that tracks and reports key performance drivers to support orthopedic service line and quality improvement initiatives.

Episode Performance Manager is a web-based dashboard used to analyze and report on bundled payment claims data from Medicare. The easy to use dashboard allows stakeholders to quickly review costs (by provider) across the entire episode of care to pinpoint opportunities to reduce costs and to drill-down into detailed reports of key metrics based on Medicare claims data received.

RecoveryCoach is an online care coordination and patient engagement portal. Patients are enrolled prior to surgery and receive online (computer, phone or iPad®) alerts and notifications of what they should expect and need to do to navigate their orthopedic surgery and recovery. The entire care team (nurse, physician, staff and family) can have access to help the patient stays on course throughout their 90-day episode of care.

 

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Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company Appoints David Floyd to Board of Directors

Phoenix, AZ (August 18, 2020) – Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo), the national leader in musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes, service line and practice management, announces the appointment of David Floyd to the company’s Board of Directors, effective June, 2020.

“We’re thrilled to welcome David to our board of directors. With more than three decades of experience, he brings leadership and expertise in corporate growth and development, as well as a proven track record in large scale operational integration,” said CEO of HOPCo, Dr. David Jacofsky. “The addition of David to our board complements our mission of stakeholder alignment and musculoskeletal market transformation nationally.”

David Floyd joins HOPCo with a distinguished career as an executive in the orthopedic and neurosurgical medical device industry. During his career as an executive, he successfully led medical device businesses ranging from a pre-revenue start-up to a multi-divisional corporate group with over $5 billion in revenue. He also served as a Division President in large companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Abbott, and Zimmer as well as the CEO of venture-funded start-ups. He recently retired as Group President, Orthopedics for Stryker. Floyd has a strong record of stakeholder management in public and private companies including Fortune 500 to venture-funded founder businesses, and non-profits. Floyd also has a broad experience in leading large, complex businesses, turnarounds, M&A and post-merger integration, and resolving significant regulatory and legal challenges. He also brings substantial board and governance experience, including currently serving as an independent director of Merit Medical and as the non-executive board chairman of Corin Group.

“Throughout my career, I’ve made it a point to recruit and build strong management teams and winning cultures to deliver extraordinary results,” said Floyd. “That’s why I am excited to lend my experience to help HOPCo with their vision of continuing their national growth.”

About Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo)
Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) is the leading provider of musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management. This includes comprehensive management and optimization of specialties such as orthopedics, spine, hand, pain management, rehabilitation and neurology. HOPCO’s integrated care and analytics platform has proven to increase the quality of patient care and program revenue while reliably reducing the total cost of care across the care continuum for practices, health systems and payors alike.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Daniel Goldberg, Sr. Director of Marketing, Branding and Communications HOPCo
623.241.8649
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Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast Forms Unique Joint Venture with Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company and Southeast Orthopedic Specialists

 

Jacksonville, FL (July 27, 2020) – Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast, part of Ascension, one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S, has signed an agreement with Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) to create a transformational healthcare platform that will improve the quality of musculoskeletal care and patient outcomes across North Florida.

Through the partnership, Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast and HOPCo are developing a clinically-integrated, musculoskeletal platform that will include comprehensive musculoskeletal hospital service line management and innovative programs to promote outpatient care. In Northeast Florida, the partnership will also include the development of ambulatory surgery centers as well as the first orthopedic specialty hospital in the region. The parties will also work together to develop a clinically-integrated network of musculoskeletal physician practices.

HOPCo is partnered with Southeast Orthopedic Specialists, the leading musculoskeletal provider in the Jacksonville market, through a partnership known as HOPCo Florida.  HOPCo is a leading provider of musculoskeletal outcomes and fully integrated management, value-based health care solutions and care coordination for practices, payors and health systems.

“Our Mission is to provide clinically excellent, compassionate, personalized care to all people, with special attention to those who are struggling the most,” said Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast President and CEO Tom VanOsdol. “This partnership represents a quantum leap forward in our goal to increase access to the finest available musculoskeletal care for those we are so blessed to serve.”

Together HOPCo, Southeast Orthopedic Specialists, and Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast will partner with other physicians in the community to develop an aligned and efficient network that coordinates the best care for patients.

“At end of the day, this is about bringing together all musculoskeletal providers — hospitals, physicians, ambulatory surgery centers — into one highly-integrated network and delivering quality and value to the community as we have done with partners in many regions,” said DeLyle Manwaring, Executive Vice President of Health Systems for HOPCo. “We are honored to work with these two organizations to build the next generation of transformative musculoskeletal care for the patients of northern Florida.”

A clinically-integrated network (CIN), like the one this partnership is creating, is designed to improve overall quality of care and efficiency of care delivery by allowing providers to streamline care for their shared patients, which has been proven to result in improved outcomes and lower costs for both patents and insurers.

“After partnering with HOPCo earlier this year, the creation of a clinically-integrated network with a top-tier health system was our first area of focus and we could not have a better partner than Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast,” said Donnie Romine, CEO of Southeast Orthopedic Specialists and President of HOPCo Florida.

 

 

About Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast

Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast includes Ascension Providence based in Mobile, Ala., Ascension Sacred Heart based in Pensacola, Fla., and Ascension St. Vincent’s based in Jacksonville, Fla. Together, Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast operates nine hospitals and more than 100 other sites of care and employs more than 12,000 associates. Across the region, Ascension Providence, Ascension Sacred Heart and Ascension St. Vincent’s have served North Florida and South Alabama communities for more than 145 years. Ascension is one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., operating 2,600 sites of care – including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.ascension.org.

 

About Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) is the leading provider of musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management. This includes comprehensive management and optimization of specialties such as orthopedics, spine, hand, pain management, rehabilitation and neurology. HOPCO’s integrated care and analytics platform has proven to increase the quality of patient care and program revenue while reliably reducing the total cost of care across the care continuum for practices, health systems and payors alike. HOPCO’s affiliated payors, practices and health systems successfully participate in highly efficient value-based contracting (bundled payments, capitated population health programs, and other risk-based arrangements) utilizing HOPCo’s proprietary platforms, IT solutions, integrated analytics, and standardized care pathways. This helps our partners obtain real time, actionable insights into their systems, allowing them to comprehensively manage the entire business while improving outcomes for their treasured patients.

 

About Southeast Orthopedic Specialists

Established in 2001, Southeast Orthopedic Specialists is a regional leader in orthopedic medicine. The practice has consistently grown and now features board-certified and fellowship-trained Orthopedic Surgeons, board-certified and fellowship-trained Sports Medicine Physiatrists, Pain Management Physiatrists, a certified Chiropractor and certified Podiatrists with five state-of the-art locations, offering ancillary services such as MRI, X-Ray, DME and physical therapy.

 

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Dr. Wael Barsoum Accepts New Role with Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company

Now to Become HOPCo’s President and Chief Transformation Officer

 

Phoenix, AZ (June 25, 2020) – Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo), the national leader in musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management, has announced that Dr. Wael Barsoum has been appointed to the role of President and Chief Transformation Officer.  For the past six years, Dr. Barsoum served as the CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic Florida and was responsible for significant growth in both size and revenue.  Last year, HOPCo expanded into the Florida market through a partnership with Jacksonville based Southeast Orthopedic Specialists.  Dr. Barsoum will remain in Ft. Lauderdale to help lead HOPCo’s expansion both in Florida and on a national level beginning on August 15, 2020.

“The addition of Dr. Barsoum is a major milestone for us,” said Founder and CEO of HOPCo, Dr. David Jacofsky.  “Our executive team is comprised of some of the most forward-thinking minds in healthcare and Dr. Barsoum’s history of innovation and commitment to value-based care makes him the ideal leader to assume this role”.

In his role as President and Chief Transformation Officer, Dr. Barsoum will lead HOPCo’s market transformation initiatives by further aligning stakeholders to continue the shift from volume-based care to value-based care models.  He will also oversee HOPCo’s musculoskeletal service line hospital integrations, musculoskeletal specialty hospitals, quality programs as well as operations.

“HOPCo has emerged as a strong leader in the musculoskeletal space,” said Dr. Barsoum. “I am truly excited about the opportunity to help drive the national expansion of their proven value-based care and population health models”.

During his tenure as CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic Florida, Dr. Barsoum cultivated and transformed Cleveland Clinic Florida from a $600M, single, 155-bed hospital system with 9 remote sites to a $1.8B, 5-hospital, 1,083-bed tertiary and quaternary care hospital system with over 40 regional sites.  Dr. Barsoum is an effective visionary adept at forecasting future challenges and instituting roadmaps for organizational success, while simultaneously being an active joint replacement surgeon and the Co-Editor in Chief of The Journal of Hip Surgery. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, presented at over 300 conferences internationally and is a member of the prestigious Hip Society as well as the Knee Society. Dr. Barsoum also currently holds the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Distinguished Chair in Healthcare Innovation and has been the principal investigator for clinical, basic science and translational studies with over 50 granted or pending US patents.

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About Healthcare Outcome Performance Company (HOPCo)

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) is the leading provider of musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management. This includes comprehensive management and optimization of specialties such as orthopedics, spine, hand, pain management, rehabilitation and neurology. HOPCO’s integrated care and analytics platform has proven to increase the quality of patient care and program revenue while reliably reducing the total cost of care across the care continuum for practices, health systems and payors alike.

 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Daniel Goldberg, Sr. Director of Marketing, Branding and Communications HOPCo
623.241.8649
Daniel.Goldberg@hopco.com

 

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo), the national leader in musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management, announces the appointment of Alan Hoops to the company’s Board of Directors, effective June, 2020.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Alan to our board and look forward to his contributions,” said Chairman of HOPCo, Dr. David Jacofsky. “Alan’s 30 years of experience in building best in class companies in the managed care industry and his recognition of our mission to improve value will be a great asset for HOPCo. We are confident that Alan will help drive the expansion of true population health and alternative payment models in musculoskeletal care across the country.”

Alan Hoops joins HOPCo with more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare and managed care industries and was a former Chairman and CEO of PacifiCare (NYSE: PHS). During his tenure of over 20 years, Hoops led the rapid expansion of the company and quadrupled revenues to $11 billion. Hoops presided over multiple acquisitions and organic growth that expanded PacifiCare from California into eight western states. Under his leadership, PacifiCare launched the Secure Horizon’s program which became the nation’s largest Medicare HMO health plan, serving more than 1 million Medicare beneficiaries in nine states. In 2006, in partnership with JP Morgan Equity Partners, Hoops led the purchase of CareMore Health Plan, a Medicare Advantage Plan, and served as Chairman and CEO of CareMore from 2006-2011. Hoops then became Executive Chairman of HealthEssentials, a company focused on hospice and post-acute care, from 2012-2017. Hoops is currently a board member of Corvel (Nasdaq: CRVL) and has been on the boards of six early-stage companies.

“Throughout my career I have been fortunate enough to work with companies that had the goal of expanding access to care while making the cost of care more affordable,” says Hoops.  “I am excited to lend my experience to help HOPCo align stakeholders across the country so that they can continue to achieve these goals.”

 

About Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo)

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) is the leading provider of musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management. This includes comprehensive management and optimization of specialties such as orthopedics, spine, hand, pain management, rehabilitation and neurology. HOPCO’s integrated care and analytics platform has proven to increase the quality of patient care and program revenue while reliably reducing the total cost of care across the care continuum for practices, health systems and payors alike.

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This article originally appeared in Becker’s Orthopedic Review on April 27, 2020

Jason Scalise, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Phoenix-based The CORE Institute and vice chairman of its management company HOPCo, outlines the practice’s main considerations as it prepares for elective surgeries to return. 

Question: What is your strategy for ramping surgery back up? 

Dr. Jason Scalise: Throughout this process, we have continued to care for patients’ urgent and acute musculoskeletal needs. Given the size of our organization, that continued to represent a considerable number of patients. We have adhered to local and national guidelines and postponed elective surgeries but have been in constant communication with patients who have been affected by this. We have prioritized patients based on most urgent needs as the restrictions begin to be eased. We have already planned for additional work hours at facilities such as our surgical specialty hospital to accommodate the surge in demand. 

Q: What is the biggest challenge for safety of patients and staff? 

JS: The safety of our patients and staff is our highest priority. As the restrictions in elective surgery are beginning to be lifted and the demand to address the backlog of care increases, a measured approach will be needed to ensure appropriate screening remains as we suspect it will continue to be recommended for the foreseeable future. We have implemented a robust screening infrastructure including antibody testing. By remaining true to our protocols and guidelines, I am confident we can mitigate any safety challenges that could otherwise occur. 

Q: What is your current backlog of surgical cases and how do you plan to recover financially? 

JS: Our backlog of postponed surgical cases is extensive. As we have been vigilant with our operations and finances throughout this process and have implemented extensive planning around potential challenges, we don’t really think of it as a financial ‘recovery’ per se. Instead, we feel we are well positioned to continue to move forward with patient care and practice growth opportunities. Due to our at-risk payer models, our savings-based revenues have increased. 

Q: What will your practice look like a year from now? 

JS:At the moment, it seems likely that several aspects or consequences of this pandemic will remain, at least in part. Social distancing, face masking and perhaps ongoing testing may continue to have a role a year from now. We also expect that most if not all of the telehealth opportunities will remain and perhaps even be encouraged going forward such that a new level of ‘virtual encounters’ may persist in the continuum of how we practice.

It also seems abundantly clear from all of the large payers around the country with whom we speak that as they also attempt to recover, a massive push towards alternative or at-risk payer models is eminent as a way of shifting even further the cost burden to providers and linking reimbursement to sustained performance. In order to perform well, physician practices should be prepared to quickly engage in robust data tracking and reporting capabilities, the ability demonstrate consistent clinical outcomes and be able to function in a population health type environment where a larger continuum of the patient’s care than just the surgical episode is the responsibility of the surgeon. Practices without the ability to do so quickly should look for partnerships that allow them to incorporate such resources.