Reoperation & Readmission Rates for Workers’ Compensation Patients Undergoing Lumbar Surgery


The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will host a one-hour webinar on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET on its study Reoperation & Readmission Rates for Workers’ Compensation Patients Undergoing Lumbar Surgery. The authors of the study, Dr. Rebecca Yang and Dr. Randy Lea, will discuss its key findings and take audience questions.

“Post-surgery readmissions and reoperations are the primary quality indicators being used by commercial, governmental, and a limited number of workers’ compensation payors in their value-based purchasing programs,” said John Ruser, president and CEO of WCRI. “The study can help policymakers and other stakeholders shed light on the areas where quality improvement is most needed. It can also prove to be useful to patients as they consider treatment options.”

The study quantifies the 30-day and 90-day reoperation and readmission rates for workers’ compensation patients undergoing lumbar spine surgeries, and compares these rates with those for non-workers’ compensation patients reported by other studies. It also discusses the major types of reoperations and the main reasons for readmissions, examines medical payments per claim, and describes interstate variation in the prevalence of reoperation and readmission.

The analysis for this report focuses on workers with low back pain who underwent either lumbar discectomy/decompression or lumbar fusion surgery in 18 states for injuries that arose between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016, with experience through March 31, 2018. The 18 study states, which represent 61 percent of all workers’ compensation benefits paid nationwide, are Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Webinars are $50 for Non-Members and FREE for WCRI Members, members of the press, legislators as well as their staff, and state public officials who make policy decisions regarding workers' compensation. All attendees receive a free copy of the slides and a recording of the webinar. Click here to register.

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