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November 1st, 2016

Back In The Game

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

Two knee replacement surgeries, one patient, zero signs of slowing down

Lou Myers says despite two knee replacement surgeries, Mayo Clinic surgeons and researchers in Florida got him back to the game he loves quicker thanks to a more painless procedure.

Myers benefited from research conducted within the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. In Florida, the center team focuses on value projects – analyzing the value stream, identifying best practices, benchmarking and working towards practice alignment.

During the time between Myers' two surgeries, Florida surgeons and other caregivers collaborated with experts in the Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery to reduce rehabilitation times and improve patient outcomes. The team studied patient outcomes data across Mayo's sites in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida and discovered that the method of pain control during the operation was an important factor in achieving the best results.

Read more about this work and Myers' story.

Understanding what adds value within health care is more than just achieving good health outcomes. The Office of Health Care Practice and Policy leads center efforts across a wide range of research with the goal of  advancing high-quality, affordable and patient-centric health care and by aligning optimal care delivery models with the changing reimbursement environment.

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Tags: About, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, CSHCD, Florida, high value health care, Innovations, Kern Center, knee replacement, Lou Myers, orthopedics, Science of health care delivery, value analysis

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