Treatment of spinal pathology is a significant contributor to the current rise in health care spending in the United States. To maximize value, the cost of spine care must be analyzed to assess for any inefficiencies. In parallel, outcomes must be tracked to ensure that any potential cost reductions do not have a negative impact on the efficacy of treatments. This article focuses on three primary topics in spinal care. We will begin with a general review of cost analysis methods, highlight specific drivers of cost, and finally offer broad solutions to help improve the value of spine care.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine