St. Francis orthopedic, spine facilities join national group aligned on care protocols, cost control

BY John Stearns

The Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute (CJRI) and the Spine Institute at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center have joined a national alliance of medical facilities formed to provide predictable outcomes and cost through care protocols and performance measurement adopted by members.

The National Orthopaedic and Spine Alliance (NOSA) was formed by Cleveland Clinic, the CORE Institute, The Rothman Institute, OrthoCarolina and OrthoCalifornia in 2013 to develop a new model of care for orthopaedic and spine care. The St. Francis facilities are the first Connecticut facilities in NOSA, which now has members in 12 major U.S. markets.

Alliance members contract with employers to provide orthopaedic and surgical services to employees for a bundled payment – a set price for all the provided services from pre-op screenings through post-op care.

CJRI opened in July 2007 and has performed more than 28,000 joint replacement procedures. With CJRI and the Spine Institute, NOSA has members in 12 markets.