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Charging for OR time

How do hospitals charge for operating room (OR) time? According to a recent article in OR Manager, there is no standard approach. Five OR business managers describe the elements of their charging structures, including time charges, setup charges, levels of resource consumption (staff, equipment, instruments, and supplies), specialty-based charges, and flat-rate or bundled charges.

Source: Patterson, P. How surgery departments charge for OR time. OR Manager. 27(11):19-23, Nov. 2011. http://www.ormanager.com

Posted by the AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org.

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