A Specialist-Led Care Model: Aligning the Patient and Specialist for the Greatest Impact

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The Journal of arthroplasty


In the previous paper, discussing "Risk and the Future of Musculoskeletal Care," we reviewed the basic concepts of the risk corridor, implications on health care overall if we maintain a fee-for-service model, and the need for musculoskeletal specialists to begin taking on/managing risk to reinforce our presence in a "value-based care" system. This paper discusses the successes and failures of recent value-based care models and provides the framework for the paradigm of a specialist-led care model. We posit that orthopedic surgeons are the most knowledgeable physicians to manage musculoskeletal conditions, create new and innovative models, and lead value-based care to the next level.