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Yes, You Can Do Accurate Case Costing

Determine the true cost of care to boost your facility's profit potential.

Bassam Kadry, MD, MS


OR Excellence

The OR minute can be the most expensive minute in health care. Come to OR Excellence and you'll learn how to determine your costs per surgical minute. Calculating the cost of each case you host is important, but determining the cost of each minute that patients spend in your facility is truly empowering. Anesthesiologist Bassam Kadry, MD, MS, the director of perioperative analytics at Stanford (Calif.) University School of Medicine, knows how to collect the hard data needed to make that happen. His proven formula involves combining OR block allocations with process-of-care mapping to drill down to the exact cost of care. During a special 3-hour workshop on the conference's opening day, Dr. Kadry will outline the keys to case-costing success.

Don't lose focus on the cost of care. Many administrators focus on the difficult challenges they face instead of the obvious task of determining the exact cost of surgical care. They want to understand how much they spend on each case, but the process is extremely complex. Dealing with that complexity is a challenge for surgical leaders with a clinical background.

Start with assessing block times. If you don't have a good mechanism to manage operating room block allocation, it's almost meaningless to determine case expenses, no matter what you do from a cost-accounting perspective. It's in those blocks that surgeons and facility leaders determine how many procedures to perform, the staff needed to work the cases and the supplies and equipment that will be used. When you gather the cost data for each block allocation, you'll be able to determine the cost per minute of the resources used. You'll also discover where to find additional value along the entire patient care pathway.

Bassam Kadry, MD, MS

speaker profile
arrow Expert data analyst with expertise in organizational culture and change management.
arrow Co-director of Stanford University's OR management fellowship.
arrow Director of technology discovery and strategic development for Stanford Medicine X, an innovative leadership program that's focused on patient-centered care.
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