If current trends continue, patients are in big trouble

www.medpagetoday.com

That third order polynomial model must really think poorly of medicare.

Here is total hemi arthroplasty data- 27130

2007 Medicare Reimbursement $1,473.02

Adjusted for inflation $2,244.41

2023 Medicare Reimbursement $1,375.53

Net change: $868.88 or 38.8% drop

Avg yearly change ~2.5% or you can plug it into a 'third order polynomial model'

So by 2030 can expect payments to be worth about 44.7% of that in 2007.

So 1003.25 / 440 minute reported case time = $137 / hr

Taco bell worker has a long way to go to get there