Reducing Length of Stay for Total Knee Arthroplasty
From 1990 to 2005, physician reimbursement at one institution decreased 38% for a total knee arthroplasty and 46% for a total hip arthroplasty[i]. As bundled payments restrict reimbursement for these procedures, reducing length of stay gives institutions and surgeons the opportunity to combat this decay, while providing the highest quality care to their patients.
The article Why Adductor Canal Blocks for Total Knee Arthroplasty? provides an overview of the trends affecting physicians today and offers solutions for improving postoperative pain management to reduce length of stay. It covers:
- Savings potential for same-day surgery
- Benefits of same-day total arthroplasty
- Advantages of adductor canal blocks over femoral blocks and single shot blocks
[i] Fehring TK, Odum SM, Troyer JL, Iorio R, Kurtz SM, Lau EC. Joint replacement access in 2016: a supply side crisis. J Arthroplasty. Dec 2010;25(8):1175-1181.