Influence of patient and hospital characteristics on anesthesia time in medicare patients undergoing general and orthopedic surgery.

@article{Silber2007InfluenceOP,
  title={Influence of patient and hospital characteristics on anesthesia time in medicare patients undergoing general and orthopedic surgery.},
  author={Jeffrey H. Silber and Paul R. Rosenbaum and Xuemei Zhang and Orit Even-Shoshan},
  journal={Anesthesiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={106 2},
  pages={356-64}
}
BACKGROUND Procedure time is a clinically important variable that is often analyzed when studying quality and efficiency. Norms for procedure length have not been reported from Medicare data sets, nor has the influence of patient and hospital characteristics on procedure time been estimated using Medicare data. METHODS The authors obtained Medicare claims on all patients aged 65-85 years who underwent general surgical and orthopedic surgical procedures in Pennsylvania. Anesthesia procedure… CONTINUE READING