In the current healthcare environment, providing cost-efficient care is of paramount importance. One emerging strategy is to use community hospitals (CHs) rather than tertiary care hospitals (TCHs) for some procedures. This study assesses the costs of performing closed reduction percutaneous pinning (CRPP) of pediatric supracondylar humerus fractures (SCHFs) at a CH compared with a TCH.
A retrospective review of 133 consecutive SCHFs treated with CRPP at a CH versus a TCH over a 6-year period was performed. Total encounter and subcategorized costs were compared between the procedures done at a CH versus those done at a TCH.
Performing CRPP for a SCHF at a CH compared with a TCH saved 44% in costs (P < 0.001). Cost reduction of 51% was attributable to operating room costs, 19% to anesthesia-related costs, 16% to imaging-related costs, and 7% to supplies.
Performing CRPP for a SCHF at a CH compared with a TCH results in a 44% decrease in direct cost, driven largely by surgical, anesthesia, and radiology-related savings.