Hospital Volume and the Costs Associated with Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


Data evaluating the financial implications of volume-based referral are lacking. This study sought to compare in-hospital costs for pancreatic surgery by annual hospital volume.


Eleven thousand and eighty-one patients aged ≥18 years undergoing an elective pancreatic resection for cancer were identified using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample 2002-2011. Multivariable regression analysis was performed to compare length-of-stay (LOS), postoperative morbidity and mortality, failure-to-rescue (FTR), and inpatient costs by annual hospital volume group.


Patients undergoing surgery at high-volume hospitals (HVH) demonstrated 23% lower odds (odds ratio [OR] = 0.77, 95% confidence interval [95%CI] 0.63-0.95) of developing a postoperative complication, 59% lower odds of experiencing an LOS > 14 days (OR = 0.41, 95%CI 0.34-0.50), 51% lower odds of postoperative mortality (OR = 0.49, 95%CI 0.34-0.71), and 47% lower odds of FTR (OR = 0.53, 95%CI 0.37-0.76; all p<0.05). The overall mean in-hospital cost was $39,012 (SD = $15,214) with minimal differences observed across hospital volume groups. Rather, postoperative complications (no complication vs. complication $26,686 [SD = $5762] vs. $44,633 [SD = $11,637]) and FTR (rescue vs. FTR $42,413 [SD = $8481] vs. $69,546 [SD = $13,131]) were determinant of higher in-hospital costs. While this pattern was observed at all hospital volume groups, costs varied minimally between hospital volume groups after this stratification.


Annual hospital surgical volume was not associated with in-hospital costs among patients undergoing pancreatic surgery.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gani, F; Johnston, FM; Nelson-Williams, H; Cerullo, M; Dillhoff, ME; Schmidt, CR; Pawlik, TM

Published Date

  • September 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1411 - 1419

PubMed ID

  • 28664254

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-4626

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1091-255X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11605-017-3479-x


  • eng