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Abdelsattar ZM, Birkmeyer JD, Wong SL
Variation in Medicare payments for colorectal cancer surgery.
The researchers assessed the contributions of index hospitalization, physician services, readmissions, and postacute care to the overall variation in payment for colorectal cancer surgery (CRC). They concluded that Medicare spending in the first year after CRC surgery varies across hospitals even after case-mix adjustment and price standardization. Variation is largely driven by postacute care and not the index surgical hospitalization.
AHRQ-funded; HS020937; HS000053.
Citation: Abdelsattar ZM, Birkmeyer JD, Wong SL . Variation in Medicare payments for colorectal cancer surgery. J Oncol Pract 2015 Sep;11(5):391-5. doi: 10.1200/jop.2015.004036.
Keywords: Cancer, Cancer: Colorectal Cancer, Payment, Medicare, Surgery