Clinically validated virtual rehab drives bundled payment success

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In a recent studies with Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, the Force Research Team found that while there was no statistical difference in outcomes scores between patients using Force’s virtual rehab platform and those receiving outpatient physical therapy, the former had a significantly lower rate of readmissions than those receiving outpatient physical therapy. This suggests that while Force and outpatient physical therapy have similar clinical outcomes, Force improves the care coordination between traditional encounters where variation typically arises.

The average cost of traditional outpatient PT (OPT) sessions after TKA is roughly $2,500 per episode, while the average cost of Force’s home based exercises programs is less than $150 per case. As bundled care becomes increasingly relevant in Orthopedics, leaders are focused on ways to reduce the total cost of the care. It may be time to reconsider the current practice of automatically designating patients for OPT, as Force drives equivalent post-operative outcomes for less cost.

Data from: “Unsupervised Home Exercise Provides Equivalent Outcomes to Traditional Outpatient Physiotherapy after Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Randomized Controlled Trial”, and “Can an online physical therapy program reduce post-acute care costs following primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA)?” Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

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