Smokers at increased risk of septic reoperation after joint replacement surgery, study finds
Feb16

Smokers at increased risk of septic reoperation after joint replacement surgery, study finds

For patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement, smoking is associated with an increased risk of infectious (septic) complications requiring repeat surgery, reports a study in the February 15 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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The next frontier in quality care measurement: How patients feel
Jan28

The next frontier in quality care measurement: How patients feel

When patients visit Dr. Judy Baumhauer in hopes of getting rid of bunions—a painful, bony bump that develops at the base of the big toe—they often have just one question: Will surgery help?

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Do shorter lengths of stay increase readmissions after total joint arthroplasty? 4 notes
Nov29

Do shorter lengths of stay increase readmissions after total joint arthroplasty? 4 notes

A study in Arthroplasty Today examined whether early discharges after total joint replacement surgery were increasing hospital readmissions. Here’s what you should know.

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Blue Shield of California providers that participate in AJRR to receive automatic authorization for TJR
Nov26

Blue Shield of California providers that participate in AJRR to receive automatic authorization for TJR

The American Joint Replacement Registry announced providers of Blue Shield of California that participate in the registry will automatically be given authorization for hip and knee replacements, effective the first quarter of 2017.

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What Can Fitness Trackers Teach Us About PROs?
Nov14

What Can Fitness Trackers Teach Us About PROs?

The health and fitness-tracking craze has taken the world by storm. There’s something about the ability to monitor your distances, speeds, incline, calories burned and heart rate that just gets the blood pumping. When I wear my Fitbit strapped to my wrist, I feel motivated, energetic, and ready to conquer the day.

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Comparing the Contributions of Acute and Postacute Care Facility Characteristics to Outcomes After Hospitalization for Hip Fracture
Nov02

Comparing the Contributions of Acute and Postacute Care Facility Characteristics to Outcomes After Hospitalization for Hip Fracture

We used logistic regression to measure the associations of hospital and nursing home factors with functional and survival outcomes at 30 and 180 days among patients discharged to a nursing facility; we quantified the contribution of hospital versus nursing home factors to outcomes by the [omega] statistic.

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