Pricing of surgeries for colon cancer: patient severity and market factors.

@article{Dor2012PricingOS,
  title={Pricing of surgeries for colon cancer: patient severity and market factors.},
  author={Avi Dor and Siran M Koroukian and Fang Xu and Jonah J Stulberg and Conor Delaney and Gregory S. Cooper},
  journal={Cancer},
  year={2012},
  volume={118 23},
  pages={
          5741-8
        }
}
BACKGROUND This study examined effects of health maintenance organization (HMO) penetration, hospital competition, and patient severity on the uptake of laparoscopic colectomy and its price relative to open surgery for colon cancer. METHODS The MarketScan Database (data from 2002-2007) was used to identify admissions for privately insured colorectal cancer patients undergoing laparoscopic or open partial colectomy (n = 1035 and n = 6389, respectively). Patient and health plan characteristics… CONTINUE READING
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