Comorbid illness affects hospital costs related to hip arthroplasty: quantification of health status and implications for fair reimbursement and surgeon comparisons.

@article{Shah2004ComorbidIA,
  title={Comorbid illness affects hospital costs related to hip arthroplasty: quantification of health status and implications for fair reimbursement and surgeon comparisons.},
  author={Amit Navin Shah and Thomas Parker Vail and Donald Taylor and Ricardo Pietrobon},
  journal={The Journal of arthroplasty},
  year={2004},
  volume={19 6},
  pages={
          700-5
        }
}
Optimized resource allocation, reimbursement negotiations, and provider comparisons hinge on an understanding of the drivers of healthcare costs. Indices of comorbid illness may be useful for stratifying patients based on cost. Total hospital cost was analyzed for 1 surgeon's hip arthroplasty patients (June 1998-March 2001). Three scales of health status were selected as independent predictors. One thousand ninety-two hip arthroplasty inpatient stays were evaluated. The median total hospital… CONTINUE READING

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