Value in acute care surgery, Part 1: Methods of quantifying cost

R. Shayn Martin, Erica L.W. Lester, Samuel W. Ross, Kimberly A. Davis, L. R.Tres Scherer, Joseph P. Minei, Kristan L. Staudenmayer

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: With health care expenditures continuing to increase rapidly, the need to understand and provide value has become more important than ever. In order to determine the value of care, the ability to accurately measure cost is essential. The acute care surgeon leader is an integral part of driving improvement by engaging in value increasing discussions. Different approaches to quantifying cost exist depending on the purpose of the analysis and available resources. Cost analysis methods range from detailed microcosting and time-driven activity-based costing to less complex gross and expenditure-based approaches. An overview of these methods and a practical approach to costing based on the needs of the acute care surgeon leader is presented. (J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2022;92: e1–e9.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E1-E9
JournalJournal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Volume92
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Costing
  • Healthcare costs
  • Microcosting
  • Time-driven activity-based costing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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