Blue Cross Blue Shield says it recorded double-digit growth of planned knee and hip replacements among its members, according to a Healthcare Dive report.
According to the report, between 2010 and 2017, BCBS saw knee replacements rise by 17 percent, while hip replacements increased by 33 percent. Combined, the procedures created a 44 percent increase in spending.
BCBS in a report says the spike in those procedures was the main cost driver, accounting for $25 billion in 2017 alone.
“Planned knee and hip replacements are becoming more common among Americans, including people under age 55,” BCBS states in its report. “Since orthopedic procedures have considerable price variations across the U.S., it is essential that individuals work with physicians to select a site of care that meets their needs for both quality and affordable costs.”
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