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22-Mar-2013

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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Study highlights variations in spinal component costs

More transparency and doctor-hospital cooperation in implant component purchases could reduce overall spinal implant costs

CHICAGO - In a study, presented today at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), researchers obtained and compared the hospital purchasing records from 45 academic medical centers on the unit costs and volume of spinal products - pedicle screws (PS), anterior cervical plates (ACP) and posterior interbody cages - purchased from a total of seven vendors.

Among the results:

For every additional implant component purchased, the unit price was reduced by $.29, $4.33 and $6.86 for PS, ACP and cages, respectively.

A significant relationship exists between a lower unit cost of implants and the purchase of a larger number of components. The authors suggest that greater transparency, as well as a more coordinated implant selection and purchase process, that includes the surgeon, hospital and manufacturer, could reduce the wide variation in component cost, and contribute to overall lower health care expenditures.

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