Worker compensation patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery have higher percentages of reoperation and readmission compared to those undergoing similar group health surgery, the Workers Compensation Research Institute reported in a study released on Thursday.
Cambridge, based WCRI researchers in Massachusetts investigated. 30- and 90-day reoperation and readmission rates of injured workers who underwent lumbar spine surgery in 18 states from October 2015 to October 2016 and followed patients' postoperative experiences until April 2018.
The study showed that 7% Patients undergoing lumbar surgery have a reoperation or readmission within 30 days and 8% undergo reoperation or readmission within 90 days, a frequency that is two to seven times higher than reoperation or readmission for non-working replacement patients. Researchers also found that the total medical payments per claim for lumbar spine surgery with readmission or rehabilitation resulted in payment which was up to 260% higher than in cases without. Surgery and hospital payments per claim for readmission cases ranged from $ 21
The states participating in the study include Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.