Knee Replacements – Knee Deep in Change
Effective January 2018
As of January 2018, full knee replacements are no longer categorized as inpatient only. This change pushes the importance of prehab for patients, as their hospital stay is likely to be shortened dramatically.
CMS reported in a press release, “The OPPS final rule also has policies that would make OPPS payment available when Medicare beneficiaries receive certain procedures in a lower cost setting of care – the outpatient department – where those procedures can be safely performed in that setting. The new availability of OPPS payment applies to six procedures, including a common and costly Medicare surgical procedure, total knee replacements.”
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