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  • TKA, THA Certification Program Unveiled

    The focus on total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and total hip arthroplasty (THA) as a major health care issue continues with the official debut of a Joint Commission-sponsored TKA and THA certification program for facilities.

    According to the commission, the certification program was created to "address challenges that exist in current practice," and pays close attention to quality, consistency, and safety—particularly in relation to how transitions between the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases of care are managed. Accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers are eligible for the certification.

    Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) were invited to comment on a draft of the program in April of 2015. APTA member Jerry Cain, PT, MPT, was part of the task force that created the new resource.

    As TKA and THA rates continue to rise, the procedures have taken center stage at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which will launch a mandatory bundled payment system—called the Comprehensive Care Joint Replacement (CJR) model—for Medicare beneficiaries receiving TKA or THA in 67 metropolitan statistical areas beginning April 1. APTA offers a webpage on the CJR, and will add resources and educational components in the coming months.