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Dr. Said Ibrahim, Chief of Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation, on Discharge Destination and Disparities in Post-Acute Care Outcomes

In 2014, approximately 1.3 million elective hip or knee joint replacement procedures occurred in the United States, with anticipated demand for these operations to increase as the American population ages. With an aging population being a given, less attention is focused on how discharge decision making and differences in post-acute care settings contribute to socio-economic disparities and what they might mean for patients and payment reforms.

In recent an article, Dr. Ibrahim and Dr. Robert Burke, MD, MS (Denver VA Medical Center, University of Colorado School of Medicine examine how decision making regarding post-operative care for patients who undergo elective joint replacement surgery can reveal considerable differences in levels of patient support and cost.

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