Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new study from WCRI that examines 30-day and 90-day reoperation and readmission rates for workers’ comp patients undergoing lumbar spine surgeries, and compares them non-workers’ comp patients.
The study also discusses the major types of reoperations and main reasons for readmissions, examines medical payments per claim, and describes variations among states’ reoperation and readmission rates. Key findings included that 7% and 8% of workers’ comp patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery had a reoperation and/or readmission within 30 and 90 days respectively, which were higher than reported for non-workers’ comp patients. Seventeen percent of WC patients were readmitted within 30 days of a fusion, largely for nonoperative reasons, and 2-7x higher than non-workers’ comp patients reported in other studies.
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