Orthopaedic center's pilot program allows patients to recover at hotels instead of hospitals

In a unique attempt to lower the cost of care for patients, a Minnesota-based orthopaedic center is sending its patients to the Hilton instead of the hospital for recovery. Tria Orthopaedic Center says that surgery and recovery at a hotel costs 15 to 20 percent less than surgery at a stay at the hospital. Since beginning this pilot program in 2008, 70 patients have taken advantage of Tria's offer. "The goal is to lower the cost of care," Mary Johnson, president and COO of Tria, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Article