Conner Strong & Buckelew Partners with Rothman Orthopaedics

April 4, 2023

‘Rothman Direct’ provides select Conner Strong & Buckelew members greater access to orthopedic care.

CAMDEN, NJ (April 1, 2023) – Conner Strong & Buckelew, a leading insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm, announced a strategic partnership with Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, a world leader in musculoskeletal care.  Select Conner Strong & Buckelew members will have access to ‘Rothman Direct’,  ‘Rothman Direct’ is a concierge service, providing member participants with expedited scheduling access with a wide range of services proven to lower total surgical costs for employers, reduce readmissions and emergency room visits and aim to get employees back to work in a more timely manner. These services include access to patient scheduling representatives, extended call center hours, nurse navigation services as well as convenient and fast online scheduling tools empowering members to self-schedule with Rothman Orthopaedic top-ranked providers.

“Gaining early and continuous access to high-quality care is a critical factor that may not only lead to better health outcomes for patients but can materially lower employer healthcare costs. Providing access to Rothman Direct is the latest demonstration of our commitment to offering our clients proven innovative tools to lower their total cost of care,” said Joe DiBella, Executive Partner, National Employee Benefits Practice Leader at Conner Strong & Buckelew. “Rothman is a world leader in orthopaedic care, and we know our clients’ members will benefit greatly from superior access to their incredible healthcare providers and facilities.”

“The partnership with Conner Strong & Buckelew strengthens our direct-to-employer channel and we are excited to provide affordable healthcare benefits to their clients and their dependents,” says Alexander R. Vaccaro, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A, President of Rothman Orthopaedics, Richard H. Rothman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics, and Professor of Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals. “The integration of Rothman Direct will provide care coordination that will enable Conner Strong & Buckelew clients the world-class treatment they need faster.”

“We’ve seen time and again the difference that having primary points of contact, simple scheduling tools and nurse navigation services can make on a patient’s recovery,” said Ed Tufaro, Interim CEO of Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. “The concierge service offered through Rothman Direct makes receiving care easier and leads to significantly improved health outcomes for patients. With Rothman Direct, we can help employees get back to work faster and lower total healthcare costs for employers.”

This solution from Rothman Orthopaedics joins a long list of products Conner Strong & Buckelew provides that are designed to help its self-funded clients manage their healthcare costs. Other solutions like Enhanced Recovery After Surgery from Goldfinch Health, BeneRN and ClaimCheck are similarly designed to ensure plan members are properly supported and receive appropriate care in the best setting and ensure plan sponsors that large costs will be intensely scrutinized for accuracy. This combination of patient support and macro cost management ensures Conner Strong & Buckelew clients receive the management and oversight they need to keep costs down and manage plan members’ health.

About Conner Strong & Buckelew
Conner Strong & Buckelew is among America’s largest insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage and consulting firms. The firm is an industry leader in providing high-risk businesses with comprehensive solutions to prevent losses, manage claims, and drive bottom line growth. Its employee benefits practice focuses on providing best-in-class benefits administration, health and wellness programs and strategic advisory services.

Founded in 1959 with offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Massachusetts, Florida, and Delaware, Conner Strong & Buckelew has a team of 450+ professionals, serving clients throughout the United States and abroad. For more information, visit or follow us on LinkedIn (@ConnerStrong&Buckelew), Twitter (@connerstrong), Facebook (@connerstrongbuckelew) and Instagram (@connerstrongbuckelew).

About Rothman Orthopaedic Institute
Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is the largest musculoskeletal practice in the United States according to Becker’s Review. A world-leader in the field of orthopaedics, Rothman Orthopaedics partners with health systems, hospitals and physicians to build enduring musculoskeletal systems of care in communities that are high-quality, compassionate, affordable and grounded in evidence-based medicine.

Rothman Orthopaedic Institute orthopaedists treat patients in 43 locations and has surgical privileges at 71 facilities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Florida. With experts in nine orthopaedic sub-specialties including spine, hip & knee, foot & ankle, shoulder & elbow, hand & wrist, sports medicine, physical medicine & rehabilitation, orthopaedic oncology and trauma, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is recognized for excellence in clinical treatment methods, research, education and technology.

Consistently recognized as national and regional “Top Docs,” Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is proud to be the official team physicians for the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, the Orlando Magic, the iconic Radio City Rockettes, The Big EAST Conference, as well as 63 college and high school teams.

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