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Knee replacements among Medicare patients skyrocket: study
Modern Healthcare

Hospitals are performing more knee replacement procedures on Medicare patients than they did two decades ago—and while inpatient stays have gotten shorter, readmissions and infection rates have gone up. A study in the Sept. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at total knee replacement procedures—both primary operations and revisions—performed on more than 3.5 million Medicare patients between 1991 and 2010.

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