Monterey, CA, June 21, 2018 - Today, Monterey Spine & Joint (MSJ) in Monterey, CA. announced that it performed its 600th bundled payment surgery administered by Global 1 of Carlsbad, CA. MSJ began the all-inclusive bundled payment program with Global 1 in 2011. The program has expanded to include over 44 musculoskeletal surgeries including sports medicine cases, joint replacement, fracture care, interventional pain management and other surgeries of the spine, hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, hand and foot/ankle. MSJ bundles surgical cases with Blue Shield of California, United Health Care and large self-insured beneficiaries including Municipalities, Colleges and Schools Insurance Group (MCSIG) of Salinas, CA. The program simplifies the process for the patient through total price transparency quoted prior to the surgery, and delivers greater value to the payer as measured by an optimum combination of quality, service and price.
Christopher Meckel MD, President of MSJ, said, “This program, developed by Global 1, empowers patients to be better consumers of healthcare by knowing costs in advance. It also provides budget certainty to the payers.” Michael Larsen, Executive Director of MCSIG (a Monterey county based joint power authority that insures approximately 12,000 teachers, bus drivers, janitors and other employees and their dependents), stated “The bundled payment program has delivered better outcomes and higher patient satisfaction to our members while significantly reducing our costs annually. The savings enables our client school systems to allocate more resources to personnel, supplies and infrastructure.”
About Monterey Spine & Joint:
Established in 2005, MSJ is the largest musculoskeletal and neurosurgical group practice on the Central Coast of California. MSJ’s comprehensive specialty centers can evaluate and treat almost all orthopedic, brain and spine disorders. They have subspecialists who perform joint replacement surgeries of the hip, knee and shoulder; sports medicine surgeries; interventional pain management procedures; and foot/ ankle surgery. According to Meckel, “MSJ also has a state of the art physical therapy and performance department affiliated with the San Francisco 49ers, as well as comprehensive radiological services including digital imaging, ultrasound and MRI. Our subspecialized physicians take an activity-based approach to musculoskeletal issues. This approach, combined with our comprehensive diagnostic, therapeutic and performance services, makes MSJ extraordinarily well-qualified to bundle the entire episode of care for our patients and the insurance payers.” Monterey Spine and Joint can be reached at 831-648-7200.
About Global 1:
Global 1 is a California-licensed Third Party Administrator dedicated to creating transparency and improving surgical outcomes. Global 1 is one of the largest administrators of commercially insured bundled payments in the U.S. Global 1 manages surgical bundled payments to over 2 million insured members through a platform of nearly 1200 physicians and 100 facilities. Global 1 can be reached at 760-602-7872.
Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901