Conclusions: After adjustment for patient characteristics and hospital volume, the specialty orthopaedic hospitals had better patient outcomes, as measured by Medicare administrative data, than did the general hospitals.
Peter Cram, MD, MBA1, Mary S. Vaughan-Sarrazin, PhD2, Brian Wolf, MD3, Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MS4 and Gary E. Rosenthal, MD2
1 Division of General Medicine, Mail Stop 152; 3E-09, Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Iowa City, IA 52246. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Center for Research in the Implementation of Innovative Strategies for Practice (CRIISP), Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Iowa City, IA 52246
3 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA 52242
4 Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy, and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115