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WCRI Day two quick takes

Your faithful reporter braincramped and left his laptop charger at home, so most of the session coverage will come next week after I translate my scribbling to pixels.

for now, posting via smartphone

Friday’s quick takes

– Inpatient facility costs average about 17% of total medical costs

– the average increase in inpatient payments was 7.2%; WI, VA, and IA’s increases were significantly greater

– the percentage of claims that had inpatient costs declined from 2012 to 2017, driven mostly by a reduction in surgical cases

– great talk on reoperation and readmission rates for lumbar surgery patients from Rebecca Yang PhD; the total 30 day readmit/reop rate is about 18%; Strikes me as very high…oh and you are paying for the re-dos.

more to come Monday.



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