100+ New Jersey orthopedic surgeons form supergroup: 5 details

Seven orthopedic practices in New Jersey are merging to form Ortho Alliance NJ.

https://www.oanj.com/divisions/

Five details:

1. The seven individual groups, listed below, will operate as divisions of Ortho Alliance NJ:

  • Brielle Orthopedics in Brick
  • Orthopedic Institute of Central Jersey in Manasquan
  • Princeton Orthopaedic Associates in Princeton
  • Ridgewood Orthopedic Group in Ridgewood
  • Shore Orthopaedic University Associates in Somers Point
  • Union County Orthopaedic Group in Clark
  • University Orthopaedic Associates in Somerset

2. The partnership joins more than 100 physicians from the practices, which have more than 25 New Jersey locations. The physicians focus on general orthopedics, knee and hip surgery, pain management, total joint replacement and spine care, among other subspecialties.

3. Jeffrey Bechler, MD, chair of Ortho Alliance NJ, said the new entity is different from other large practices because it has a local community model. Physicians will maintain their existing office locations and contact information.

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5 Star Review for Dr. Zabinski!

My husband and I have been seeing Dr. Zabinski for years and could not be happier.

Dr. Zabinski has completed a number of surgeries on my husband and his results and recovery have been amazing!

I call my husband my Bionic man with help from Dr. Zabinski. I give Dr. Zabinski and his staff five stars today and forever!

Thank you,
Deborah Langlois

Partnering on Value-Based Care is Key to Reining In Health Care Costs

Partnering on Value-Based Care is Key to Reining In Health Care Costs

August 16, 2019

I came across an article recently in Managed Care about Dr. Stephen Zabinski, a surgeon at Shore Orthopaedic University Associates in Somers Point, New Jersey, who also happens to participate in the Episodes of Care program here at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ).

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New knees, new hips–to go

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Our 2nd Annual Innovation Issue!
Same-day Joint Replacement Steps Up

Lola Butcher

Stephen J. Zabinski, MD
Shore Orthopaedic University

New knees, new hips–to go
Bundled payment is pushing providers to look for ways to control the cost of joint replacements. Is joint replacement going to become outpatient surgery?
If you want a hip or knee replaced by Stephen Zabinski, MD, a surgeon at Shore Orthopedics Associates in Somers Point, N.J., you’re in for some homework.
If you’re a smoker, that’s got to stop; there will be no surgery if you’re aren’t nicotine-free for at least six weeks. Patients with diabetes must get their HbA1c level under control. Those with sleep apnea must document they are using the CPAP machine as per doctor’s orders. Patients with a body mass index of 45 or more must take off some weight; Zabinski’s threshold is 40 if a patient has certain comorbidities. You may need to do strength and mobility training—so-called prehab—before surgery.


Shore Orthopedics offers support for all the to-do items, but the surgeon is not going to let you off the hook. Patients must sign a contract agreeing to comply with the practice’s “total joint pathway,” and they must designate a “total joint companion” who will help them recover but also hold them accountable for following the rules. In return, Zabinski promises to get them home quickly and avoid detours to a rehab facility. He operates on Medicare patients at Shore Medical Center; some get a same-day discharge while others stay 24 to 48 hours. Most patients younger than 65 never set foot in an inpatient facility.