Zimmer Biomet Rolls Out Comprehensive Episode-Of-Care Program
The orthopedics giant is integrating a suite of products and services to help hospitals transition to value-based health-care payment models. The initial focus will be joint-replacement procedures, but Zimmer Biomet anticipates expanding the concept to spine surgery and other sectors.
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