Health System Took Control To Make Joint Replacement More Profitable

Northeast Baptist Hospital, one of five hospitals within the Baptist Health System in San Antonio.i

Northeast Baptist Hospital, one of five hospitals within the Baptist Health System in San Antonio.

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Northeast Baptist Hospital, one of five hospitals within the Baptist Health System in San Antonio.

Northeast Baptist Hospital, one of five hospitals within the Baptist Health System in San Antonio.

Courtesy of Baptist Health System

To understand how the health law is supposed to fix the mediocre, overpriced, absurd medical system, you could read wonky research papers on bundled payments and accountable care organizations.

Or you could look at what’s going on at Baptist Health System in San Antonio.

Under the potent lure of profit, doctors, nurses and managers at Baptist’s five hospitals have joined forces to cut costs for hip and knee replacements, getting patients on their feet sooner and saving taxpayers money.

“Everybody was aligned on this,” said Michael Zucker, Baptist’s chief development officer. “What we’ve seen is just incredible from a cost savings standpoint.”

Baptist made money doing

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/04/30/403347058/health-system-took-control-to-make-joint-replacement-more-profitable?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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