The Potential Role of Virtual Physical Therapy in Arthroplasty

Greensboro, NC US
July 11, 2018

Outpatient joint replacement surgery is considered by many to be safe, convenient and cost effective across an ever-widening array of procedures. This delivery model has the potential to increase patient comfort and satisfaction, while improving efficiency and reducing health care costs.

These monthly activities will review best practices for outpatient joint replacement protocols and procedures. They will focus on a model that enables improved access to high-quality care at lower costs with the goals of improving surgical care, mitigating risks and barriers to enable rapid discharge, and achieving high-quality patient outcomes.

Learning objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain virtual physical therapy (PT).
  • List the results of the outcome study of virtual versus standard PT.
  • State the potential financial impact of virtual PT for the patient and the payer.


Frank V. Aluisio, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Greensboro Orthopaedics
Greensboro, NC

About the presenter

Frank V. Aluisio, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in adult reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee. He was raised in New Hyde Park, NY, and received his BA and MD degrees from Emory University. Dr Aluisio did his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center, and then completed the Otto Aufranc Adult Reconstruction Fellowship at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Aluisio has been in orthopaedic practice with Greensboro Orthopaedics since 1998, specializing in complex primary and revision joint replacements of the hip and knee. He has presented his research at multiple state, regional and national meetings and has been an instructor of numerous surgical courses. Dr. Aluisio has also held several leadership positions in orthopaedics, including president of the North Carolina Orthopaedic Society and representative on the Board of Councilors for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. His current practice focus is on outpatient hip and knee replacement and on developing physician-driven bundled-payment programs for arthroplasty procedures.

Activity planners
Sarah Chart, RN
Senior Director
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Stephen D. Lucey, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon and Owner
Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement
Greensboro, NC

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM, OptumHealth Education requires all those in the control of activity content to disclose their relevant financial relationships. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if such person (or his/her spouse/partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services relate to the activity content.

OptumHealth Education ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
Dr. Lucey has indicated that he is a consultant for Arthrex, Valere and Bone Foam. He has also indicated that he serves on the advisory board for Valere.
Dr. Aluisio has indicated that he has no relevant financial relationships.

Method of participation
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  • Completing the entire activity
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Accreditation statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Surgical Center of Greensboro. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit designation statements
Participants will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

OptumHealth Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

AAPC-certified coders
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Provided by
This activity is jointly provided by OptumHealth Education and Surgical Center of Greensboro.

Commercial support
There was no commercial support received for this activity.

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Target Audience

These materials are intended only for those that attended the live activity on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of anesthesiologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, PAs and physicians who have an interest in outpatient surgical care.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Event starts: 
07/11/2018 - 6:30am EDT
Event ends: 
07/11/2018 - 7:30am EDT
Surgical Center of Greensboro
705 Green Valley Road
Greensboro, NC 27408
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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