HSS Launches Center for the Advancement of Value in Musculoskeletal Care

New Center Accelerates Initiatives to Advance Operations and Science of High-Value Care

New York, NY—March 13, 2017

Today, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) launched the Center for the Advancement of Value in Musculoskeletal Care. The Center will bring together HSS experts and services to accelerate the operations and science of high-value musculoskeletal care worldwide.

HSS has long pioneered innovative ways to deliver, measure and improve value. This new initiative will allow HSS to more quickly and uniformly infuse proven quality of care and value initiatives deeper into the organization and as it expands.

"HSS is defined by its determination and ability to continuously raise even standards that no other hospital has yet achieved," said Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO.  "Our impact is a consequence of that being focused on one thing: the highest value to patients with musculoskeletal disorders.  This Center will lead the next level of performance, in a way that is possible only at HSS."

HSS Center for the Advancement of Value in Musculoskeletal Care will be led by Catherine H. MacLean, MD, PhD, chief value medical officer at HSS, and newly appointed managing director Jordan Harmon. The core functions of this Center include: 

  • Value Measurement and Communication: Expand HSS value-related data and analytic capabilities within the Center.
  • Value-Based Care Delivery: Build the infrastructure to integrate into care delivery routine measurement and reporting of metrics to optimize care outcomes, minimize complications and manage musculoskeletal disease as efficiently as possible while maintaining the best outcomes for our patients.
  • Innovative Value Tool Development: Partner with HSS Innovations and work with external partners to design supportive technologies leveraging HSS value-based care. Expand HSS musculoskeletal offerings and delivery of technologies for use in the broader healthcare market.
  • Value Research: Advance the development of predictive models for health improvement, risks, utilization of services and costs of care. Perform research that will inform the development and adoption of accurate and fair quality measures for musculoskeletal disease.
  • Value Education: Design new musculoskeletal health CME course and educational materials to extend high-value training worldwide.   

"To our patients, value advantage means the most reliable and efficient prevention, treatment and recovery," said surgeon-in-chief and medical director Todd J. Albert, MD.  "To HSS, it is a responsibility of leadership and unifying mission as we make better care more accessible to more people in more places worldwide."

"Ultimately, our goal is to create an intelligent, learning health system that delivers the highest quality musculoskeletal care in the most efficient way possible for individual patients and populations," said Dr. MacLean. "The Center for the Advancement of Value in Musculoskeletal Care will help us achieve this goal much faster."

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. HSS has locations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.


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