How Minimally Invasive Surgery Can Help Reduce Healthcare Spending


Tue Mar 29 13:00:28 CDT 2016

If there’s one thing all healthcare providers can relate to right now, it’s the challenge of providing improved clinical outcomes while reducing healthcare spending.


Did you know that Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) can offer patients a shorter length of hospital stay, reduced chance of infection, and faster recovery?  It can also result in significantly less spending for the patient’s hospital stay.


Featured in the March 2013 issue of Managed Care Magazine, a recent MIS study shows that hysterectomy, colectomy, and thoracic resections performed via MIS, in patients with similar preoperative characteristics, would result in fewer complex Diagnosis Related Group (cDRG) assignments and a subsequent decrease in healthcare spending. The study conservatively estimates a potential savings of $24.4 million for these three procedures alone, based on only Medicare reimbursement rates for non- complex, and moderately complex DRG’s.


Open surgery, when compared with MIS, increases the odds of complex DRG assignment by 67%.


Read the full study here >>


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