TKA volume markedly increased

In this large observational cohort of Medicare patients, the volume of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) increased 162% from 1991 to 2010, while revisions increased 106%. Length of stay dropped from 7.9 to 3.5 days, and 30 day readmissions increased from 4.2% to 5.0%. These increases bode well for hospitalist co-management services (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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