• Improvements in THA care pathways may yield better outcomes in morbidly obese patients

    1 month ago - By Healio

    Published results showed no “growing disparity” in complication rates between morbidly obese and non-morbidly obese patients who undergo total hip arthroplasty.
    To determine if reductions in THA-related complications have similarly improved for morbidly obese and non-morbidly obese patients, David E. DeMik, MD, PharmD, and colleagues from the University of Iowa Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation analyzed 234,334 patients who underwent THA, 7.8% of which had a BMI of greater than or equal to 40 kg/m2.
    According to the study, outcome measures included 30-day
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  • Home health care after TKA may not provide value for Medicare-aged patients

    Home health care after TKA may not provide value for Medicare-aged patients

    1 month ago - By Healio

    Home health care for Medicare-aged patients who underwent total knee arthroplasty was associated with increased costs with no improvements in complications, ED visits or readmissions, according to published results.
    Researchers retrospectively reviewed data from the PearlDiver database on 15,849 patients who received home health services after a TKA from 2010 to 2018. They also analyzed a propensity score-matched cohort of similar patients who were discharged home under self-care.
    According to the study, home health services were defined as “short-term
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