Big trends in outpatient orthopedics from Dr. Vishal Mehta

Vishal Mehta, MD, is president of Fox Valley Orthopedics in Geneva, Ill.

He has a special interest in arthroscopic surgery, cartilage restoration, shoulder replacement and sports medicine. He also founded the Fox Valley Orthopedic Research Foundation, a biomedical research laboratory that develops orthopedic fixation devices and implants.

Here, Dr. Mehta discusses the big trends and opportunities in orthopedics today.

Dr. Mehta will share his expertise as a speaker at the Becker's ASC 26th Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs, Oct. 24-26, 2019 in Chicago. To learn more and register, click here. For more information about exhibitor and sponsor opportunities, contact Maura Jodoin at mjodoin@beckershealthcare.com. 

Question: What is the biggest challenge for your orthopedic center today?

Dr. Vishal Mehta: My biggest challenges are getting adequately reimbursed for total joints, preparing for bundle payments and preserving referrals amidst the wave of hospital employment of primary care physicians.

Q: Where do you hope to grow for the next nine months?

VM: Outpatient total joint replacement, particularly if we can begin to do Medicare total knees in 2020.

Q: How do you approach budgeting for and selecting new technology for your center?

VM: New technologies are often introduced by our surgeons. They are then vetted and trialed with the goals of improving patient care and efficiencies as well as cost containment.

Q: What are your biggest payer challenges today?

VM: Successfully negotiating with the large payers in our region is always a challenge. The good news is that value and improvements in patient experience and outcome are on our side.

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