Insurers pay twice as much as hospitals for hip and knee implants

Radiographie Prothse totale de hancheImagine this: You go to buy a car, but you don’t know who makes it, how other customers feel it’s performing, or how its price compares to other cars in its class.

This is exactly the situation facing insurers who reimburse hospitals for orthopedic implants, and a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals they are paying more than twice what hospitals do for devices inserted into hundreds of thousands of patients every year. This overpayment trickles down to patients in the form of higher premiums, say the study’s authors, but with regards to patient safety, the lack of information about manufacturers means it’s nearly impossible to track the performance of the implants.

By Casey Ross | STAT News

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