Three Iowa Surgery Centers Achieve Gold-Standard Certification
Congratulations to three Revo Health clients on their impressive achievements!
Iowa’s Crow Valley Surgery Center (CVSC), Orthopaedic Outpatient Surgery Center (OOSC), and Ankeny Medical Park Surgery Center (AMPSC) recently completed the demanding, yet rewarding process of earning AAAHC Advanced Orthopaedic Certification, an accomplishment recognized in outpatient healthcare as the gold standard for high quality patient care and safety.
Keep in mind, this is a voluntary and challenging process. Earning this certification means ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) have proven they operate at a level that greatly exceeds basic accreditation requirements for care. As clients can attest, it’s a truly important milestone.
“In order to deliver on our commitment to provide families in Central Iowa with the most comprehensive orthopedic care available, we need to hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of excellence,” said Rich Green, Chief Operating Officer, DMOS Orthopaedic Centers. “That’s where the Revo Health team comes in. With their guidance, we earned AAAHC certification, the single highest industry certification an ASC can achieve.”
“Thanks to the Revo Health team, we can confidently say we provide the industry’s highest levels of care and safety for our patients,” said Brian Van Brocklin, Administrator, OOSC. “Earning AAAHC Advanced Orthopaedic Certification for total joints was both ambitious and demanding. It was worth all the hard work to ensure we held the highest level of excellence for our patients. It was a pleasure working with Revo and we could not have imagined doing this journey without them.”
“I am grateful for the amazing support we received from the Revo Health team,” said Michelle Eilander, Administrative Director, AMPSC. “We were under pressure from AAAHC to meet aggressive deadlines, amidst a pandemic no less. Thankfully, Revo’s templates, policies, education materials, on-site mock surveys, and overall encouragement helped us be prepared and ready for the process. We met our goals, and it was a true team effort.”
In 2020, Revo became the first organization in the nation to help multiple sites achieve AAAHC Advanced Orthopaedic Certification. Today, Revo has supported seven surgery centers in this endeavor, continuously raising the bar for excellence in the industry.
Orthopedic Surgery in Ambulatory Surgery Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Low Incidence of Infection Among Patients, Surgeons, and Staff
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has presented tremendous challenges to the healthcare systems worldwide. Consequently, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have been forced to find new and innovative ways to function safely and maintain operations. We conducted a study at a large United States (US) private orthopedic surgery practice, where a universal screening policy and testing protocol for COVID-19 was implemented for patients and ASC personnel including surgeons, in order to examine the incidence of COVID-19 in patients scheduled for orthopedic surgery in ASC settings as well as the incidence among the surgeons and ASC personnel.
The universal screening protocol was implemented in the ASCs of the facility during the early stage of the pandemic for an eight-month period from April 28, 2020, to December 31, 2020. All ASC personnel including surgeons had their symptoms tracked daily and were rapid-tested every two weeks. All patients were screened and tested before they entered the ASC.
A total of 70 out of 12,115 patients and 41 out of 642 ASC personnel tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in infection rates of 0.6% and 6.4%, respectively. Individual symptoms, age, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) scores, and comorbidities were documented, and no single factor was found to be common among positive (+) tests.
The implementation of universal screening and symptom-reporting procedures was associated with a very low rate of infections among ASC patients, staff, and surgeons, and it offers a reproducible framework for other facilities to continue to provide orthopedic outpatient operations in ASC settings during the ongoing iterations of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local Healthcare Group Defies Industry Trend, Reduces Employee Medical Plan Costs For 3rd Straight Year
Infinite Health Collaborative and Revo Health have reduced per-employee costs by 12% since 2018.
Minneapolis, MN (January 18, 2022) Infinite Health Collaborative (i-Health), a local physician-owned and led multispecialty practice, and Revo Health (Revo), which provides business support to i-Health and other groups across the country, continue to see their employee medical plan costs decrease year over year, with 2021 projected to be another significant reduction. The two organizations share a self-funded healthcare plan covering a combined 1,500+ employees. Costs on a per employee per month basis (PEPM) have decreased 12% from 2018 to 2021, while access to quality care options have increased.
i-Health and Revo offer a variety of plan options for employees, including a copay plan, high deductible HSA-qualified plan, and high value plan. Enrollment in the high value plan has increased each year since its inception, with over 40% of employees choosing that option.
Dr. Michael Spencer is an i-Health board member and physician with Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates, an operating division of i-Health. Dr. Spencer attributes the plan’s success to four components: plan design, a high value network, employee education, and innovative sites of service. “Our employees have seen their healthcare benefits improve while maintaining flat premium contributions, without compromising care, which is pretty much unheard of. As physicians, we strive to provide clinical excellence for each and every patient we treat. It’s reassuring to see that a diverse group of independent practices focused on quality care can also provide value for patients, payors, and employers alike.”
Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO), an operating division within i-Health, was an early adopter of the self-funded model. In 2010, they shifted from a traditional, fully-insured plan and partnered with local third-party administrator HealthEZ to design their current framework. Ever since switching, TCO has realized significant savings each year, a key reason why i-Health and Revo fully adopted the model for their organizations.
Revo Health Continues Rapid Expansion, Names Three New Chief Executives
The managed services organization now supports over two dozen independent healthcare practices nationwide
Minneapolis, MN (December 7, 2021) Minneapolis-based Revo Health announced it is elevating three leaders to chief executive roles, creating a framework for continued growth and expansion. Heather Lang has been named Chief Client Experience Officer (CCEO), Rachel Uzlik has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Tommy Vollmar has been named Chief Development Officer (CDO) of the innovative healthcare organization.
Lang, formerly Vice President of Marketing, will lead client strategy and support. She combines a passion for excellence with marketing savvy to help healthcare practices thrive. Uzlik, formerly Vice President of Quality, will lead client operational initiatives. She is an expert in translating business and clinical data into real opportunities to drive value in healthcare. Vollmar, formerly Vice President of Business Development, will lead client growth and expansion. He is skilled at helping businesses of all sizes turn their visions into reality, from small venture startups to global device manufacturers. The trio combines for over 40 years of healthcare experience.
Revo Health specializes in providing management services to innovative physician leaders. Over the past 12 months, the company has experienced significant growth due to increased demand from physician-owned healthcare practices nationwide. Notable clients include Infinite Health Collaborative (i-Health), an independent multispecialty practice in Minnesota with over 200 physicians, and Seattle-based Proliance Surgeons, an independent multispecialty practice with over 250 physicians.
“Our vision from the beginning has been to revolutionize the delivery of healthcare,” said Troy Simonson, Revo Health CEO. “We have been successful, and are gaining momentum. Elevating these outstanding team members to new roles reflects our continued focus on client experience, operations and business development, all of which align with our overarching goals. I may be biased, but I think we have the strongest team of passionate leaders in the industry.”
Revo Health now employs over 250 team members and supports over 25 clients across four time zones. Services include ambulatory surgery center (ASC) development and management, business and clinical intelligence, and complementary professional services.
Washington’s Proliance Surgeons and Minnesota’s Revo Health Strike Blockbuster Partnership
Proliance Surgeons announce Troy Simonson as new Chief Executive Officer to lead growth and innovation for the 250+ physician practice.
Seattle, WA (October 19, 2021) Seattle-based Proliance Surgeons, one of the nation’s largest independent healthcare practices, announced today that Troy Simonson will be its new Chief Executive Officer, as part of a strategic partnership with Minnesota-based Revo Health.
Effective November 1st, Simonson will lead Proliance Surgeons’ growth and innovation strategy, building upon its 28-year legacy of serving local communities across Washington. Simonson will also maintain his current role overseeing Revo Health.
“Today is a major milestone,” said Dr. Charles Peterson, orthopedic surgeon, Chairman, and President at Proliance Surgeons. “Proliance was formed almost three decades ago by independent surgeons with a simple vision of providing excellent care for every patient, every day, and we’ve been successful. Now, we’re looking ahead to our next chapter. Troy has a proven track record of helping large, dynamic practices like ours grow and thrive, which is why we’re incredibly excited to bring him on board.”
Revo Health is a managed-services organization that specializes in supporting innovative physician leaders and helping independent practices grow and thrive.
“The strategic partnership is an exciting opportunity for Proliance Surgeons and Revo Health,” said Dr. Chris Meyer, orthopedic surgeon and Revo Health Board President. “As a fellow orthopedic surgeon practicing inside a large, independent multispecialty group, I have experienced first-hand the value that Revo Health brings to an organization.”
Simonson has been a disruptor in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. He served as an executive leader of Twin Cities Orthopedics in Minneapolis for over 15 years, growing it into one of the largest orthopedic specialty groups in the country. As CEO of Revo Health, he helped guide the creation of Infinite Health Collaborative, an independent multispecialty practice with over 200 physicians in the Twin Cities, and continues to provide executive leadership to practices across the United States.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to support the forward-thinking leaders at Proliance Surgeons,” said Simonson. “They are passionate about giving every patient the best experience possible, which is how they’ve earned their strong reputation. This is an exciting time to join the practice, because we’re capitalizing on a growth trend occurring in the industry. Physician-owned and led practices who have historically been overshadowed by large health systems are stepping up and driving positive change and innovation across all of healthcare. Proliance Surgeons is committed to leading that charge.”
Proliance Surgeons has experienced rapid growth over the past decade and currently serves over 800,000 patients per year in more than 100 locations across Washington. Their dedicated care team consists of more than 450 providers representing over a dozen surgical and medical specialties and sub-specialties, all working together to help the people of Washington get healthy and stay that way.
Revo Health Clients Weigh In on the Importance of Autonomy, Value-Based Care
Below is an excerpt from Becker’s Spine Review, February 2020:
“Last year, in the face of industry consolidation, Minneapolis-based Twin Cities Orthopedics established the Infinite Health Collaborative to preserve physicians’ autonomy and advance value-based care. The 35-location group serving communities across Minnesota and Western Wisconsin recently completed its 5,000th prospective 90-day commercial bundle and plans to expand its bundle payment initiatives into sports medicine. Orthopedic surgeon Owen O’Neill, MD, and neurosurgeon Fred Harris, MD, spoke to Becker’s Spine Review about the importance of autonomy for TCO, consolidation in healthcare and the practice’s value-based programs in spine and orthopedics.”
Revo Health Estimated to Achieve 5,000 Care Bundle Milestone in 2019
The value-based care pioneer is assisting practices nationwide to build and manage prospective bundled care programs aimed at improving patient experience and lowering costs.
MINNEAPOLIS — July 26, 2019 — Revo Health (Revo), one of the nation’s leading developers of value-based care solutions for physician practices, expects to achieve a milestone this year, managing their 5,000th care bundle in Minnesota dating back to 2012. Additionally, Revo is assisting practices in Tennessee and Illinois to develop prospective bundled care programs.
Pioneering Value-Based Care in Orthopedics
Revo uses a patient-first model to assist independent orthopedic practices with the delivery of value-based care. Clients include Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance (TOA), OrthoIllinois, and Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO). It is also an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) based Center of Excellence for UnitedHealthcare in Minnesota.
“We believe value-based care represents the evolution of healthcare, because the model prioritizes the needs of patients. With the assistance of Revo Health, we’re developing a number of care bundles for total joint replacement surgeries, which provide a better care experience at a lower total cost – a true win-win for patients and providers,” says Rob Simmons, CEO of TOA. “Revo’s proven track record in providing physician groups this blueprint has streamlined our conversations and given us confidence as we introduce this model to payers, employers, and the strategic partners who factor into the entire episode of care.”
Revo supports likeminded healthcare leaders who place a focus on quality, patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, and transparent pricing.
TCO orthopedic surgeon Dr. Owen O’Neill believes in the Revo model. “I think it’s imperative that we as surgeons adopt value-based care practices to remain at the forefront of healthcare. In doing so, we are partnering with our patients, and strengthening their trust in us as care providers.”
Data Shows Value-Based Care Drives Results
Revo manages TCO’s EXCEL Orthopedic Surgery and Recovery program, which features surgery in an ASC, post-operative recovery in a private care suite, and one simplified bill with transparent pricing listed online.
Data from the program proves the model works. Highlights include:
- 99% of patients would recommend EXCEL to family and friends0.2% revision rate in 2018
- Estimated $12,000,000 in health plan savings in 2018
- More than 1,800 cases estimated in 2019, up from 1,237 in 2018
- 7 employer partnerships in 2019
- 2,245 hours of patient education in 2018
- Transparent pricing, including $23,000 for Total Knee Replacement and $24,000 for Total Hip Replacement
Technology Platform Enables Seamless Management
Understanding that implementation and ongoing management of care bundles is a challenge for both payers and providers, Revo developed the Proventus Health software platform to enable seamless management of bundled care and financials.
Used to manage over 10,000 care bundles to date, the platform’s case management module identifies patient risk up front, and provides an end-to-end view of patient behaviors, cost impacts, and outcomes.