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Am J Surg. 2011 Dec;202(6):779-85; discussion 785-6. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2011.06.046.

Implementation of an acute care surgery service at an academic trauma center.

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Department of Surgery, University of South Florida College of Medicine and Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL, USA. dciesla@health.usf.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The establishment of acute care surgery is rapidly becoming a solution to meet emergency surgical needs. Challenges include competition for emergency surgery opportunities and the ability to economically sustain a practice.

METHODS:

Clinical activity was measured by reviewing the institutional and practice plan databases. Work relative value units and practice plan collection rates defined clinical activity and revenue.

RESULTS:

Operative procedures and intensive care unit activity accounted for 52% and 36% of activity, respectively. Although procedures on the digestive tract accounted for half of the operative activity, significant activity was observed in nearly all other systems. Overall clinical productivity remained constant but did demonstrate a 25% increase in operative work relative value units. Current billing activity supports 4.0 clinical full-time equivalents, but estimated collections would cover <73% of physician direct costs.

CONCLUSIONS:

The authors describe the implementation of an acute care surgery service that combines trauma, emergency general surgery, and surgical critical care in an established academic surgery department. Developing a sustainable economic model must include income sources other than patient service revenue.

PMID:
22137137
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjsurg.2011.06.046
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