More research is needed to determine how children’s hospitals can keep costs in check while maintaining high-quality specialty surgical care, according to an AHRQ-funded article based on data from AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Kids’ Inpatient Database. Researchers reviewed data from 2000 to 2009 identifying all cases of common pediatric surgical procedures. They concluded that the proportion of common surgeries performed at children’s hospitals was outpacing the proportion of surgeries at non-children’s hospitals, despite lack of evidence of higher quality. Costs for certain procedures, meanwhile, were higher at children’s hospitals than non-children’s hospitals, leading to overall growth in the cost of children’s surgery. Access the abstract.
J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Nov 23. pii: S0022-3468(17)30773-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2017.11.053. [Epub ahead of print]
Trends in common surgical procedures at children's and nonchildren's hospitals between 2000 and 2009.
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Children's hospitals; Health care expenditures; Kids' Inpatient Database (KID); Nonchildren's hospitals