Total Joint Replacement- Inpatient or Outpatient?

Don't Forget Medical Necessity

Professional Society Statements

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As of 2020, HCPCS 27130, total hip arthroplasty, is removed from the inpatient only list. All concepts discussed for TKA status determinations also apply to THA. Note that same day discharge patients, more common with THA, should always be outpatient. See disclaimer below 

My interpretations of the Rule

Source Documents

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