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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 replacement surgery explained, and special articles on arthritis of the wrist or hand, thumb, etc.

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 25%. AHRQ Statistical Brief 471, April 2015.

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

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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 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 2020 dollars with medical inflation alone, would be about $13,000 to $13,200 per hospital stay. 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. 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. These numbers are estimated costs, NOT prices; they do not include physician fees. Add about 9% for medical cost inflation to 2020. 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.

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 2019: Rheumatology Rankings

USnews.com lists fourteen best hospitals in the rheumatology rankings. Hospitals were identified by using reputation scores only, from 2017, 2018 and 2019 surveys of rheumatology specialists in this US News & World Report list. Top of the list: Johns Hopkins and Cleveland Clinic

Vermont – Hospital Outpatient Surgery Prices, 2018

How much does outpatient surgery cost in Vermont? To find 2018 prices (the most recent available), see Section called Pricing of Common Services at Community Hospitals. Table 2A lets 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. Prices for procedures such as cataract surgery (average $6,159), colonoscopy $3,999 average (range $1,628 [up 3%] at Northwestern Medical Center to $6,903 [up 53%] at Gifford Medical Center); upper GI endoscopy with biopsy ($3,519), knee cartilage surgery ($9,046 average, reduced 5%), arthrocentesis joint aspiration ($735), gall bladder removal (average $13,399, down 1%), breast biopsy (avg. $4,456), other biopsies; excision of skin lesion $2,461; ear tubes (average $3,756), tonsillectomy ($7,059, up 1.6%), bunion removal ($12,199 avg), hernia repair $12,960 (up 8%); circumcision cost $4,296, up 1.3%; fetal monitoring cost $799, up 1.9%; outpatient hysterectomy $22,969; peritoneal dialysis ($11,946, up 13%), and many more procedures. 12-month average charges ending Sept. 30, 2018, 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. Prices are about two years old; the 2020 Report Cards were published June 2020. Medical inflation has been about 6.4% over the past 2 years. Table 2B shows how many of those procedures the hospital did.

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

Compare Virginia HMOs on both quality and member satisfaction. Easy to use tool to compare insurance plan ratings: Aetna, CareFirst BlueChoice, HealthKeepers (both Peninsula and 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 (e.g., best plan for 7-day follow-up is Kaiser at 69%, compared to UnitedHealthcare of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc. at just 39%), preventive care, spirometry for COPD, prenatal, maternity and newborn care; weight assessment, well child visits and childhood illnesses, member satisfaction for 2017 and more. Also includes Board certification rates for some types of physicians, number of enrollees, and financial data.

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