Redefining "Value" in Surgery: Development of a Comprehensive Value Score for Outpatient Endocrine Surgery. Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Ayoub, N. F., Noel, J., Orloff, L. A., Balakrishnan, K. 2023


The value-based healthcare model aims to improve the quality of care and lower health care costs. The standard value equation (ie, Value?=?Quality/Cost), while conceptually useful, is grossly oversimplified and lacks clinical relevance. This study introduces a more detailed value equation that generates disease-specific value scores and incorporates real-world clinical and cost data to demonstrate its use.Prospective observational study.Tertiary institution.A comprehensive new health care value equation was developed that includes 23 unique inputs. Sixteen inputs represent quality (numerator) and 7 inputs represent cost (denominator). Patients undergoing thyroid or parathyroid surgery were enrolled, and data were entered into the new equation to generate surgery-specific value scores for each patient. A subanalysis was performed for telehealth visits.Ten patients were enrolled (60% female) with an average age of 62 years. The average total monetary cost per patient was $41,884 ($27,885 direct). Across all patients, the average total quality score was 0.99, and the cost score was 6.1, resulting in a final value score of 0.19. A subanalysis showed that changing a postoperative visit from in-person to telehealth would increase the value score by 0.66%.This analysis creates a comprehensive value equation for surgical services that incorporates the complexity of modern surgical care. The new equation includes objective and subjective outcomes and health equity, quantitatively compares the value of different surgical interventions and health care services, illustrates how specific interventions can lead to the higher value of care, and can serve as the framework for future value equations.

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