Data from a study published in the Nov. 15 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery suggest that, compared to non-physician-owned hospitals, physician-owned hospitals may be associated with lower mean Medicare costs, fewer complications, and higher patient satisfaction following total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA). 

The authors reviewed data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on 45 physician-owned and 2,657 non-physician-owned hospitals that each performed 11 or more primary TKA and THA procedures during 2014. They found that physician-owned hospitals received lower mean Medicare payments compared to non-physician-owned hospitals for THA and TKA procedures, with no significant difference in 30-day readmission scores, and physician-owned hospitals had lower mean risk-adjusted complication scores. In addition, physician-owned hospitals outperformed non-physician-owned hospitals in all patient-satisfaction categories, including mean linear scores for recommending the hospital and overall hospital rating. Learn more...

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