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Deaconess Care Integration Clinical Integration Program Orthopedics

Deaconess Care Integration Clinical Integration Program: Orthopedics

Ortho Align
In an effort to improve coordination of care and create programs that will result in achieving the “Three Part Aim” of providing improved care for the Medicare Fee-For-Service beneficiaries we serve, better health for the populations we care for, and doing so in a financially sustainable manner, Deaconess Hospital, Deaconess Care Integration, and participating Orthopaedic Associates physicians have partnered to create Ortho Align Joint Venture. Deaconess Care Integration – Ortho Align Joint Venture which will include all orthopedic surgeries at the Gateway campus.  The Joint Venture also includes Ortho-Spine at our Mid-town campus as well as Trauma at Mid-town. The Next Generation ACO Participation Waiver shall be utilized for these arrangements.

Under the arrangement, clinicians will follow an approved clinical pathway that includes the following:
  • Clinical Protocols based on Best Practice
  • Patient-Centered, coordinated care throughout the continuum
  • Medical Device selection based on the individual patient needs
  • Standardization of care to support best practice and reduce unnecessary financial expenditures
Better Experience of Care for Patients Better Health for Populations Reducing Health Care Expenditures
Improved education Decreased readmission rate Standardized processes & supplies
Nurse Practitioner available throughout the episode of care Decreased post-discharge ER utilization Discharge HME orders consistent with best practice
Care is patient-centered, less fragmentation & improved coordination Decreased infection rate Standardized medical device vendor
Clinical support to improve  transition of care to home Improved quality measures Patient specific device selection for every procedure

For specific questions regarding this or other Deaconess Care Integration programs, please contact:

Dr. Fredrick Wallisch
Executive Director of Accountable Care
Deaconess Health System
(812) 426-9402
For general questions or additional information about Accountable Care Organizations, please visit  The Medicare Site for ACO or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048

Deaconess Care Integration, LLC is open Monday – Friday 8 AM to 5 PM CST
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