Thirty-day readmissions after elective spine surgery for degenerative conditions among US Medicare beneficiaries.

@article{Wang2012ThirtydayRA,
  title={Thirty-day readmissions after elective spine surgery for degenerative conditions among US Medicare beneficiaries.},
  author={Marjorie C. Wang and Mikesh Shivakoti and Rodney Sparapani and C. Guo and Purushottam W. Laud and Ann Butler Nattinger},
  journal={The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society},
  year={2012},
  volume={12 10},
  pages={902-11}
}
BACKGROUND CONTEXT Readmissions within 30 days of hospital discharge are undesirable and costly. Little is known about reasons for and predictors of readmissions after elective spine surgery to help plan preventative strategies. PURPOSE To examine readmissions within 30 days of hospital discharge, reasons for readmission, and predictors of readmission among patients undergoing elective cervical and lumbar spine surgery for degenerative conditions. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective cohort study… CONTINUE READING

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