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Opioid Addiction Increases Likelihood of Death by 10 Times Among People Receiving Care in Doctor’s Offices or Hospitals

UCLA study’s findings indicate need to improve detection and treatment of opioid addiction in primary health settings

Source Newsroom: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

By Sarah C.P. Williams

Newswise — People who are addicted to opioids and receiving their medical care in a general health care setting were more than 10 times as likely to die during a four-year period than people without substance abuse problems,

Societal Benefits Of THA

This study again demonstrates the economic benefits to society of appropriate joint replacement surgery. Let’s hope that CMS recognizes this value and puts policies in place to fairly compensate orthopedic surgeons for this complex and labor intensive surgery. If not, the supply of qualified surgeons will diminish making this procedure less available to those who need it.