A comparison of global surgery tariffs and the actual cost of bills at Hazrate Rasoole Akram educational and medical center

Aboutorabi, A. and Radinmanesh, M. and Rezapour, A. and Afshari, M. and Taheri, G. (2020) A comparison of global surgery tariffs and the actual cost of bills at Hazrate Rasoole Akram educational and medical center. Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation, 18 (1).

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Background: The health service tariff is an appropriate policymaking tool and the financial leverage of the health system control which affects quality, availability, cost, efficiency, equity and accountability of health services. Global surgeries include 91 common cases of general and specialized surgeries in hospitals; fixed tariffs are annually defined for these surgeries, and insurance companies must pay medical centers based on these tariffs. The aim of this study was to examine and compare hospital bills with global surgery tariffs at Hazrate Rasoole Akram Educational and Medical Center in 2017. Methods: This descriptive-Analytic study was conducted retrospectively and compared the global and actual costs of global surgeries performed in the third quarter of the year 2017 at Hazrate Rasoole Akram Educational and Medical Center. Required data on the actual costs of surgeries was collected through the Hospital Information System (HIS) and patients' records. Information on the global costs was obtained from the Annual Circulars of Insurance Council for the studied period about the cost of global surgeries. Linear regression (STATA13 software) was used to investigate the effect of items on tariff and invoice differences; concerning other calculations, EXCEL software was used. Results: The highest frequency of global surgeries was related to ophthalmic surgery which accounted for approximately half of total surgeries performed at Hazrate Rasoole Akram Hospital. The most significant difference between global tariff and invoice was also related to ophthalmic surgery (188709.3 Dollar a year).Overall, the actual hospital bills were much higher than the tariffs approved for global surgeries, and the total difference was 461805.5 Dollar. The results revealed that there was a significant relationship between some of the items such as the cost of operating rooms, anesthesia and other services. Conclusions: Referral hospitals which are at the level three of referral networks usually treat more complex patients; this should be taken into account when defining surgery tariffs of these centers. On the other hand, hospitals need to control the costs and reduce the end cost of these surgeries by improving clinical management and cost management. In addition, prospective and case-based payment methods can control health costs. © 2020 The Author(s).

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Article; comparative study; controlled study; descriptive research; ear nose throat surgery; eye surgery; general surgery; health care cost; health care need; health insurance; heart surgery; hospital billing; hospital information system; hospital patient; human; major clinical study; neurosurgery; outpatient care; patient care; patient referral; retrospective study; teaching hospital
Subjects: WX Hospitals and Other Health Facilities
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Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2021 06:41
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2021 06:41
URI: http://eprints.iums.ac.ir/id/eprint/34014

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