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Another View…Total Knee Replacements
by Lisa Banker, MD, FACP, CCS, CCDS

February 27, 2018

Don't Forget Medical Necessity

Total Joint Replacement- Inpatient or Outpatient?

My interpretations of the Rule

Other perspectives on TKR

As of 2020, HCPCS 27130, total hip arthroplasty, will be 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 

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