Measuring costs related to spine surgery

Benjamin Weisenthal, Jeffery Hills, Silky Chotai, Ahilan Sivaganesan, Mohamad Bydon, Clinton J. Devin

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Treatment of spinal pathology is a significant contributor to the current rise in health care spending in the United States. To maximize value, the cost of spine care must be analyzed to assess for any inefficiencies. In parallel, outcomes must be tracked to ensure that any potential cost reductions do not have a negative impact on the efficacy of treatments. This article focuses on three primary topics in spinal care. We will begin with a general review of cost analysis methods, highlight specific drivers of cost, and finally offer broad solutions to help improve the value of spine care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-98
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Spine Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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