New Medicare Knee, Hip Surgery Rules Push Home Over Hospital

New Medicare Knee, Hip Surgery Rules Push Home Over Hospital

    A revolution in medical procedure pricing this week could lead to a revolt and difficulty for patients seeking treatment. New Medicare payment rules were implemented this month for popular procedures like knee and hip replacement surgery that emphasize home over hospital care could push many hospitals to re-evaluate their treatment protocols. The initiative […]

Costs for the Same Surgery Can Differ 300%

Costs for the Same Surgery Can Differ 300%

It is no secret that surgery can be cheaper in a different country or even a different part of the U.S. But, surprising data just published by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association shows that the cost for the same surgery in the same city can differ by more than 300 percent. One expects great […]

Over One-Third of Knee Replacements Are Inappropriate, Research Says

Over One-Third of Knee Replacements Are Inappropriate, Research Says

Over 600,000 knee replacements are performed in the U.S. each year, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and most are caused from knee pain due to osteoarthritis (“wear and tear”), rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation), or post-traumatic arthritis (serious acute injury). Among that number, about one-third of knee replacements are classified as “inappropriate” based on […]