New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) was awarded a Health Care Quality Grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. The grant is part of a program designed to improve care delivery and reduce costs within a variety of care delivery models. NEBH was awarded the grant to define patient selection for total knee arthroplasty (joint replacement) accelerated program participation.
Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) and associated perioperative care has experienced successful evolution over the past forty-five years. In recent years, health care reform policies, improvements in surgical technique, changes to implant design, inception of multimodal pain protocols and accelerated rehabilitation have influenced present day TKA pathways or protocols. However, few studies are available to document the safety, efficacy, and early postoperative outcomes of accelerated TKA programs. NEBH seeks to identify multidisciplinary and patient characteristics of an accelerated TKA protocol versus a more traditional protocol and the influence on episode based care at one institution.
Winning proposals were chosen by physician leaders from the Harvard Pilgrim Physician Association and other network physician leaders. Review criteria included demonstrated need, innovation in providing care, sustainability and the potential for transferring successful programs to other practice settings. For more information, visit www.harvardpilgrim.org/qualitygrants.
About New England Baptist Hospital
New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) is the premier regional provider for orthopedic surgery and the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders. NEBH has received national recognition, consistently ranked as one of America’s top hospitals for orthopedics and neurology/neurosurgery by U.S. News and World Report. NEBH has also been nationally recognized for high patient satisfaction and leadership in quality and clinical outcomes. The hospital has ranked in the 95th percentile and received the prestigious national Press Ganey Summit Award for high patient satisfaction for the past five years. NEBH is a teaching affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine and conducts teaching programs in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard School of Medicine.