8 November 2016

Enabling Improved Patient Outcomes with Smith & Nephew's Pioneering Episode of Care Assurance Program (eCAP)

Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN; LSE:SN), the global medical technology business, announces that the U.S. health and wellness organization, Provider PPI LLC, has adopted its Episode of Care Assurance Program (eCAP), an innovation designed to mitigate risk associated with readmissions in value-based healthcare reimbursement models. Provider PPI LLC is a subsidiary of Highmark Health that provides group purchasing benefits to the hospitals of Allegheny Health Network and 60 additional healthcare providers in the western Pennsylvania region. 

Unplanned readmissions are costly to hospitals, surgeons and patients and can result in significant financial implications under the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR) and Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative. For patients, an unplanned readmission can turn an elective procedure into an emergent procedure, complicating and extending the 90-day episode of care. For hospitals and surgeons focused on value, as defined by quality outcomes achieved through efficiency, unplanned readmissions can negatively influence overall quality scores.

"We are excited about the significant value that Smith & Nephew's Episode of Care Assurance Program will bring to our member hospitals," said Paul Gallagher, VP, Provider PPI.  "Joint replacement and wound care are important, busy clinical service lines for most every hospital in our group and this unique program provides an added level of quality assurance and cost control to their associated bundled payment protocols."

The eCAP initiative pairs together Smith & Nephew’s entire line of primary total hip and knee reconstructive systems with two of its most innovative wound care products: PICO™ Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and ACTICOAT™ Flex 7 Silver-coated Antimicrobial Barrier Dressing. Smith & Nephew warrants the performance of its primary total knee systems, primary total hip systems, PICO Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System and ACTICOAT Flex 7 to perform as expected. If a patient is readmitted within 90 days following a procedure for a surgical site infection or to revise the implant due to a failure of a Smith & Nephew product, Smith & Nephew will pay a hospital's unreimbursed costs for the readmission up to the purchase prices of the implant, PICO and ACTICOAT Flex 7.

This pioneering program can provide value and help to improve quality associated with lower extremity joint reconstruction surgery (LEJR). Building strong partnerships with healthcare institutions and providers is the core of Smith & Nephew’s mission and has been a central pillar of the company for over 160 years. By providing viable solutions in healthcare, Smith & Nephew supports healthcare professionals in their daily efforts to improve the lives of patients. 


David Snyder
Smith & Nephew

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Ingeborg Oie
Smith & Nephew

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About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping healthcare professionals improve people's lives. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma & Extremities, Smith & Nephew has around 15,000 employees and a presence in more than 100 countries. Annual sales in 2015 were more than $4.6 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN).

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