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Deaconess Care Integration Joint Venture: Orthopedics

Deaconess Care Integration Joint Venture: Orthopedics

OrthoAlign, LLC
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, Orthopaedic Associates, Inc. and its participating physicians, in collaboration with DCI, formed the joint venture OrthoAlign, LLC, in October 2016. 

Under this arrangement, OrthoAlign, LLC, working in coordination with Orthopaedic Associates, Inc. and its participating physicians (and their affiliate, OA Management Services Inc.), provides management and related administrative services to Deaconess Hospital  in connection with various orthopedic procedures performed at its Gateway campus and various orthopedic services performed at its Midtown Campus, including certain spine procedures and orthopedic trauma services, in an effort to improve care for patients who receive orthopedic services.  In addition, participating physicians follow approved clinical pathways, including, for example, 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
The OrthoAlign joint venture allows Deaconess Hospital, Orthopaedic Associates, Inc. and its participating physicians to work in collaboration with DCI to create collective accountability and to facilitate the parties in achieving the goals and objectives of DCI, including the goals of the MSSP ACO Model. 

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:

Heather Koehler
Executive Director
Deaconess Care Integration
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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