Becker's Healthcare June 2, 2022
Hospital readmission rates and Medicare payments to nursing facilities dropped among Black patients who received a hip or knee replacement surgery after the introduction of Medicare’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model, according to a new study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.
The final results of the study were published June 1 in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. Researchers said they could not directly link the bundle design to the disparity reductions, but said it does offer a potential strategy to target racial disparities.
The study analyzed nationwide Medicare claims data for nearly 1.5 million hip or knee replacement surgeries performed from 2013 to 2018. About 5 percent of patients...