The first two years of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) saved Medicare more than $1,00 per episode. CJR, a five-year Medicare program rolled out in 2016, pays participating hospitals for hip and knee replacements by episode of care: from admission to 90 days post discharge. This article is free to Premium subscribers.
About two-thirds of hospital readmission costs were higher than their initial admission costs for common diagnoses in 2016, according to a Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This article is free to Premium subscribers.