August 24, 2016
Total readmission cost after total knee arthroplasty among patients with Medicare or Medicaid or with private insurance was significantly predicted by total cost of initial admission, according to results.
Utilizing the Michigan State Inpatient Database of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, researchers identified 1,721 patients who underwent total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in 2012. Of these patients, 1,358 patients were readmitted within 3 months of discharge. Researchers categorized patients into a Medicare-or-Medicaid group (n=949) or into a non-Medicare-nor-Medicaid group (n=409).