Hospital Readmission Rates Drop After Joint Replacement Surgeries

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Even as the number of hip and knee replacement surgeries among adults age 50-plus rose dramatically between 2009 and 2013, the hospital readmission rates following these procedures fell by 20% or more. According to a new AARP Public Policy Institute report, the primary driver for this drop was a substantial reduction in hospital readmissions among adults ages 65 to 84. This is the first study to look at the impact of the Medicare Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) on unplanned hospital readmissions following joint replacement surgeries.

Joint replacement surgery was the most common hospital procedure covered by Medicare in 2013, accounting for nearly 450,000 inpatient admissions. The two most common reasons for hospital readmissions after knee or hip replacement surgery were complications from the joint implants and complications from the surgery itself. As more Americans age, the rate of these procedures is expected to rise dramatically.

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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