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J Urol. 1995 Jul;154(1):139-42.

Impact of physician awareness on hospital charges for radical retropubic prostatectomy.

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  • 1Urology Center, Trigon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia, Richmond, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

We determine if physician awareness of hospital costs for radical retropubic prostatectomy affects physician practice patterns.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

We reviewed 256 consecutive radical retropubic prostatectomies performed by 14 urologists during 4 years at a community hospital. After 2 years the physicians were provided information on factors that may decrease charges.

RESULTS:

Charges decreased significantly following intervention, from +f417,134 within the initial 2 years to +f413,826 within the last 2 years (p < 0.005). Significant decreases were noted for length of stay, need for intensive care, operating time and blood loss.

CONCLUSIONS:

Traditional methods of physician education can impact practice patterns to decrease hospital charges for radical retropubic prostatectomy.

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