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Table 6 Spending and Utilization for 18-Month Lower Extremity Prosthetic Episode (2007–2010 and 2011–2014)

From: Economic value of orthotic and prosthetic services among medicare beneficiaries: a claims-based retrospective cohort study, 2011–2014

Care setting 2007–2010 analysis 2011–2014 analysis update
n = 428 Matched pairs n = 545 Matched pairs
Study Comparison Difference Study Comparison Difference
Physician $7792 $11,883 -$4092* $8270 $9920 -$1649
DME $18,653 $2537 $16,116* $15,323 $5018 $10,305*
 Prosthetics Only: L5000 - L5999 $9694 $1782 $7912*
Acute Care Hospital / Other Inpatient $18,080 $28,276 -$10196* $15,529 $19,851 -$4321*
Long Term Care Hospital $1408 $4102 -$2694** $1445 $4017 -$2571*
Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) $2603 $2000 $603** $3476 $3415 $61
Outpatient $9373 $7291 $2082* $8601 $8649 -$49
Skilled Nursing Facility $8386 $8821 -$435 $5783 $6630 -$847
Home Health $6181 $5692 $489 $5049 $4764 $285
Hospice $715 $1572 -$857** $104 $825 -$721*
Total Part D Drug Spending $5297 $5806 -$508
Total $73,191 $72,175 $1015 $68,877 $68,893 -$16
Average number of therapy visits 56.10 28.90 27.20* 26.86 17.97 8.89*
Average number of fractures and falls 0.90 0.72 0.18 0.46 0.41 0.05
Average number of inpatient admissions 1.18 1.51 −0.33 1.23 1.54 −0.31*
 Length of stay for inpatient admissions (days) 7.53 11.44 −3.91*
Average number of emergency room admissions 1.55 2.10 −0.55* 2.14 2.03 0.11
Average number of IRF admissions 0.17 0.14 0.02
 Length of stay for IRF admissions (days) 1.61 1.19 0.42 2.16 2.10 0.07
  1. * Difference is significant at α = 0.05
  2. ** The difference in spending between the study and comparison groups for IRF, LTCH, Other Inpatient and Hospice settings combined was significant at α = 0.05
  3. Source: Dobson | DaVanzo analysis of custom cohort Standard Analytic Files (2007–2010 and 2011–2014) for Medicare beneficiaries who received O&P services from January 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009 or January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 (and matched comparisons), according to custom cohort database definition