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Kelsall AC, Cassidy R, Ghaferi AA
Variation in bariatric surgery episode costs in the commercially insured: implications for bundled payments in the private sector.
The authors described hospital-level variation in roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy in Michigan. Their findings suggested that there are previously underappreciated differences in episode payment variation between bariatric surgery procedures. The authors also suggested that sleeve gastrectomy may be more amenable to cost containment under bundled payment initiatives by virtue of the greater share of variation explained by readmission and post-discharge payments.
AHRQ-funded; HS023621; HS024403.
Citation: Kelsall AC, Cassidy R, Ghaferi AA . Variation in bariatric surgery episode costs in the commercially insured: implications for bundled payments in the private sector. Ann Surg 2018 Dec;268(6):1014-18. doi: 10.1097/sla.0000000000002462..
Keywords: Surgery, Obesity: Weight Management, Obesity, Payment, Health Insurance, Healthcare Costs