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Arthritis (MedlinePlus)

The MedlinePlus website on Arthritis has extensive resources on the subject of all types of arthritis (including psoriatic arthritis and gout), tests such as arthrography; joint injections, joint replacement surgery explained, and special articles on arthritis of the wrist or hand, thumb, etc.

Rheumatoid Arthritis – RA (MedlinePlus)

MedlinePlus information on Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) includes an easy to read fact sheet from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. NIAMS is part of NIH. Site includes helpful links to Arthritis Foundation resources and explains how rheumatoid arthritis differs from osteoarthritis

Five Most Costly Medical Conditions, 2012 (2015 pdf)

Five most costly medical conditions in 2012 were cancer, arthritis, trauma-related disorders, mental disorders, and heart conditions. The top 5 most costly illnesses were for adults ages 18 to 64 in 2012. For seniors, COPD and asthma replaced mental disorders. Medical expenditures (payments) according to MEPS data (household component) show average costs (ages 18-64) were $8,125 for a cancer patient, $4,852 for an adult with heart disease, $2,603 per trauma patient, $1,727 for mental health care, and $1,909 for someone with arthritis. Average out of pocket payments by consumers not shown. Consumers may wish to add medical inflation since 2012 of about 31%. AHRQ Statistical Brief 471, April 2015.

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20 Most Expensive Conditions Requiring Hospital Stay, 2017

The top 10 of 20 most expensive conditions that people got hospitalized for in 2017, were Septicemia, osteoarthritis, liveborn infants, heart attack (AMI), congestive heart failure (CHF), back problems, respiratory failure, coronary atherosclerosis, cerebral infarction (stroke), and diabetes with complication. The full list identifies 20 health conditions that cost the nation the most in hospital charges in 2017. The top 10 represented 43% of the total national hospital bill. For Medicaid patients, complications during childbirth, schizophrenia and previous C-section were in the top 10. For self-pay patients/no insurance, diabetes with complications was the 3rd most expensive condition. 18-page Statistical Brief #261 by AHRQ uses 2017 HCUP data; published July 2020.

Arthritis and Obesity

Obesity makes arthritis worse. Read this update from the Arthritis Foundation.

Average Cost of Common Hospital Stays (HCUP)

Learn about the average cost for common hospital stays, by diagnosis. Average cost per stay for all diagnoses was $11,700 in 2016. Based on information included in the report, it appears that the 2017 average cost per stay was about $12,100. Therefore the estimated cost in 2022 dollars with medical inflation alone, would be about $13,900 per hospital stay. These numbers are estimated costs, NOT prices; they do not include physician fees. Add at least 15% for medical cost inflation to 2022.

Report shows 20 conditions with the highest total inpatient costs in 2017. Consumers can calculate the 2017 average cost (a convenience not provided in this report, unfortunately) for more than 20 conditions. For example, the average cost per stay for osteoarthritis calculates to about $15,900 (2017 dollars). The average cost per stay for a liveborn (newborn) calculates to about $4,000. Conditions include septicemia, osteoarthritis, spondylosis, newborn baby, acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, coronary atherosclerosis, stroke, diabetes with complications, COPD, pneumonia, hip fracture, depression (using Medicaid data), obesity, and more. Breakouts are shown for Medicare, Medicaid, and private payer cases. Prices or charges will be higher. Statistical Brief #261 National Inpatient Hospital Costs: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2017 from Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), AHRQ July 2020.

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2022-2023: Rheumatology Rankings

USnews.com lists eleven best hospitals in the rheumatology rankings for 2022-2023. Hospitals were identified by using reputation scores only, from 2020, 2021 and 2022 surveys of rheumatology specialists in this US News & World Report list. Top of the list: Johns Hopkins (Baltimore) and Cleveland Clinic. Updated July 2022.

Vermont – Hospital Outpatient Surgery Prices, 2022

How much does outpatient surgery cost in Vermont? To find 2022 prices (the most recent available), see Section called Pricing of Common Services at Community Hospitals.

Tables 2A and 3P let you compare average gross charge (the closest you will get to average cost) for most common ambulatory surgery procedures at 14 general hospitals in VT. Table 3P (Other) Prices is more current, to September 2022, and it includes the physician charge. Hip replacement averaged $38,895 in VT. Knee replacement average cost was over $39,000; knee arthroscopy averaged $14,541. Outpatient gallbladder removal was $17,128 on average. A prostate biopsy was about $4,000. Hernia repair averaged $18,297. A tonsillectomy with adenoid removal in a child under age 12 was $12,618. Cataract prices, carpal tunnel release and more than 20 outpatient procedures are shown. Prices varied by hospital.

Table 2A shows prices for some procedures, 12 months through September 30, 2020 (two to three years old). Here you can find prices for ear tubes (myringotomy), outpatient hysterectomy, bunion removal, lumpectomy and other procedures. This table DOES NOT include the surgeon or other physician fees. Medical inflation has been about 4.7% over the past 2 years, and 9% over 3 years. As with all of Vermont’s reports, the font size is about as small as you can get.

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