Is anyone else aware of this new Medicare change? And is it true? I went to a “joint camp” with my sister who is slated for a total knee replacement. The orthopedic surgeon informed us that as of Jan. 1, Medicare now has a rule that –unless there are extraordinary extenuating circumstances — a TKR or THR patient is discharged 23 hours after they first go to their bed after surgery.
In addition, this doctor said that Medicare no longer allows a person to go to a nursing facility for rehabilitation of TKR/THP. You are supposed to take care of yourself apparently or call on family or friends. That may work for some people but I live an hour away from my sister and need a new hip. Our older sister lives in Florida. We have no other family left. She is single and in her 60s with chronic venous insufficiency for which she has to wear compression hosiery all the time. She is very upset and worried about what to do. Her neighbors are elderly or work. If what this surgeon is saying is true, how could our government come up with such a rule?