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Arthritis (MedlinePlus)

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

Five Most Costly Medical Conditions, 2012 (2015 pdf)

Cancer, arthritis, trauma-related disorders, mental disorders, and heart conditions were identified as the top 5 most costly illnesses 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 $8125 for a cancer patient, $4852 for an adult with heart disease, $2603 per trauma patient, $1727 for mental health care, and $1909 for someone with arthritis. Average out of pocket payments by consumers not shown. AHRQ Statistical Brief 471, April 2015

Rheumatoid Arthritis – RA (MedlinePlus)

Includes easy to read fact sheet from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), part of NIH. Site includes helpful links to Arthritis Foundation resources and explains how rheumatoid arthritis differs from osteoarthritis

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20 Most Expensive Conditions Requiring Hospital Stay, 2013 (pdf)

The top 10 of 20 most expensive conditions that people get hospitalized for are led by Septicemia, osteoarthritis, liveborn infants, complication of device, implant or graft; heart attack (AMI), congestive heart failure (CHF), back problems, pneumonia, coronary atherosclerosis and acute cerebrovascular disease. The full list identifies 20 health conditions that cost the nation the most in hospital charges in 2013. The top 10 represented nearly half (48%) of the total national hospital bill. For Medicaid patients, mood disorders, schizophrenia and previous C-section were in the top 10. For the uninsured, diabetes with complications was the 4th most expensive condition. 15-page Statistical Brief #204 by AHRQ uses 2013 HCUP data; published May 2016

Arthritis and Obesity

Obesity makes arthritis worse. Read updates 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 $10,000 in 2011 (about $12,300 in 2019 dollars).  Report shows 20 conditions with the highest total inpatient costs in 2011. Includes newborn baby ($3300), septicemia ($18,600), osteoarthritis ($15,400), coronary atherosclerosis ($17,200), acute myocardial infarction (heart attack, $18,900), congestive heart failure ($10,900), pneumonia ($9500), stroke ($14,000), COPD ($7800, physical rehab ($13,100), diabetes with complications ($9600), hip fracture ($15,400), mood disorders ($15,400) and more. These numbers are estimated costs, NOT prices. Add about 23% for cost inflation. Prices will be more. Statistical Brief #168 from Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, AHRQ Dec. 2013. No updates available yet.

Oklahoma – Average Hospital Inpatient Charges

Find the average charge (closest available to inpatient cost) for a Oklahoma hospital stay (compare OK hospital prices) by Principal Diagnosis (i.e., disease) or DRG. Example we found was the average commercial price in Oklahoma for mood disorders (mental health) was $13,280 in 2016, with an average length of stay of 6.2 days. Similarly, a major joint replacement (e.g. knee or hip replacement) without complications averaged about $51,000 for commercial insurance patients. Average stay in the hospital was 2.4 days. Statewide or county-specific statistics on volume and average length of stay also found in this dataset. May specify data for a certain age group and sex. Geared to researchers and health care professionals, rather than for consumers. If this website was meant for consumers, it would get the User-Unfriendly Award due to its complicated diagnosis choice sections. 2016 data are the most recent available from OK2SHARE by the OK State Dept. of Health’s Health Care Information

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2018: Rheumatology Rankings

Thirteen hospitals identified by using reputation scores only in this US News & World Report list. Top of the list: Johns Hopkins and Cleveland Clinic

Vermont – Hospital Outpatient Surgery Prices, 2017 (pdf)

What does ambulatory surgery cost in in Vermont? See Section called Pricing, Charges by Hospital. Table 2A lets you compare average gross charge (the closest you will get to average cost) for most common outpatient surgical procedures at 14 general hospitals in VT. Prices for procedures such as cataract surgery (average $6074), upper GI endoscopy ($5420), knee cartilage surgery ($9520 average), arthrocentesis joint aspiration ($700), gall bladder removal (average $13,484), breast biopsy (avg. $4213), other biopsies, ear tubes (average $3530), tonsillectomy ($6948), pacemaker ($9254), bunion removal (12,114 avg), colonoscopy $3694 average; range $1575 at Northwestern Medical Center to $5169 at North Country Hospital; hernia repair $12,000; excision of skin lesion $2417; fetal monitoring cost $784; circumcision cost $4239; outpatient hysterectomy $21,995; peritoneal dialysis ($10,575), and many more procedures. 12-month avg. charges ending Sept. 30, 2017, DO NOT include the surgeon or other physician fees. As with all of Vermont’s reports, the font size is about as small as you can get. About two years old, published 2019. Table 2B shows how many of those procedures the hospital did.

Virginia – Compare HMOs (Quality and Satisfaction) Editor's Pick

Easy to use tool to compare insurance plan ratings: Aetna, CareFirst BlueChoice, HealthKeepers (Peninsula & Priority), Innovation Health Plan, Kaiser Mid-Atlantic, Optima, Optimum Choice, United Healthcare MidAtlantic and River Valley. Choose measures for access, asthma, ADHD, heart, diabetes, arthritis, immunizations, medications, mental health care (best plan for 7-day follow-up is Kaiser at 70%, compared to HealthKeepers e.g. at just 47%), preventive care, spirometry for COPD, prenatal, maternity and newborn care; weight assessment, well child visits and childhood illnesses, member satisfaction for 2016 and more. Also includes Board certification rates for some types of physicians, number of enrollees, and financial data. Of note, the largest plan HealthKeepers, was also the lowest rated in member satisfaction.

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