Area Hospitals Among Worst for Common Surgeries

January 7, 2014 | Crandall & Pera Law
Area Hospitals Among Worst for Common Surgeries

Medicare has rated three hospitals throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania some of the worst facilities to receive hip and knee replacements, according to an NBC News article. 

Out of nearly 200 hospitals analyzed, 95 were found to have elderly patients more likely to suffer significant setbacks. The nine rated to have the highest amount of readmissions and complication rates included Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Mercy St. Anne Hospital in Toledo, and the Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia.

The analysis is part of the government's push to improve quality at the nation's hospitals instead of simply paying Medicare patients' bills. About 600,000 patients in the traditional Medicare program have their hips or knees replaced each year.

In 2010, there were 719,000 knee replacements costing nearly $12 billion and 332,000 hop replacements costing nearly $8 billion, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Read the full article here:

Medicare identifies best and worst hospitals for hip and knee replacements

Anybody considering joint replacement surgery should read this article.

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