Minimally invasive, minimally reimbursed? Anesthesia for endoscopic cardiac surgery is not reflected adequately in the german diagnosis-related group system.

OBJECTIVES In the German diagnosis-related group (G-DRG) system, hospital reimbursement for anesthesia is linked to specific surgical procedures, irrespective of case duration. Accordingly, costs of innovative procedures, such as endoscopic cardiac surgery, may be underreimbursed. The authors assessed to what extent anesthesia costs for endoscopic cardiac… CONTINUE READING