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Kaplan-Marans E. et al., 2023: National Utilization, Reimbursement, and Urban Versus Rural Trends of Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy and Ureteroscopic Laser Lithotripsy

Kaplan-Marans E, Jivanji D, Vazquez-Rivera K, Martinez M, Lee J, Shpeen BH, Sandozi A, Schulman A.
Division of Urology, Maimonides Health, New York, NY.
Division of Urology, Maimonides Health, New York, NY.

Abstract

Objective: To describe temporal utilization and reimbursement trends of extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) and ureteroscopy (URS) with laser lithotripsy.

Methods: The Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Database was queried for all ESWL and URS performed between 2013 and 2020 using Current Procedural Terminology codes: ESWL - 50590; URS - 52352, 52353, 52356. Cases that lacked rural or urban identification codes were excluded. A total of 347,174 ESWL and 401,899 URS cases were identified. Linear regression was performed with statistical significance set to 95% confidence intervals.

Results: There was a significant upward trend for URS utilization over the study period (R2 = 0.91, P <.001), but there was not a significant trend for ESWL utilization. In 2013, ESWL was used more frequently than URS, but by 2016, URS was used more frequently than ESWL. From 2013 to 2019, URS utilization increased by 241% and 168% by urban and rural urologists, respectively. URS was also associated with a slight increase in physician reimbursement over time (R2 = 0.87, P <.001), whereas there was no association between ESWL and physician reimbursement. For URS, rural and urban urologists were reimbursed an average of $312.07 (standard deviation [SD] $14.03) and $404.86 (SD $21.96), respectively. For ESWL, rural and urban urologists were reimbursed an average of $456.22 (SD $5.74) and $562.66 (SD $16.68), respectively.

Conclusion: According to the Medicare database, URS has surpassed ESWL in utilization, especially by urban urologists. Physician reimbursement for ESWL remained higher than URS reimbursement, though URS reimbursement increased slightly in recent years.
Urology. 2023 Jan 5:S0090-4295(22)01104-9. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2022.12.028. Online ahead of print. PMID: 36610689

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Peter Alken on Wednesday, 02 August 2023 10:30

Whenever and from-wherever I have read publications on the stone treatment through the years, there is always a significant increase of cases. In the present study the national utilization of URS and ESWL increased by 61%.

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I can only imagine one causal parallel development. You might guess! “Honi soit qui mal y pense“ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honi_soit_qui_mal_y_pense)
It is not related to stone disease as such. I asked the authors for a comment, but did not get an answer. So I just guess: it is money, which makes the stones go round.

Peter Alken

Whenever and from-wherever I have read publications on the stone treatment through the years, there is always a significant increase of cases. In the present study the national utilization of URS and ESWL increased by 61%. [img]https://www.storzmedical.com/images/blog/Kaplan.png[/img] I can only imagine one causal parallel development. You might guess! “Honi soit qui mal y pense“ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honi_soit_qui_mal_y_pense) It is not related to stone disease as such. I asked the authors for a comment, but did not get an answer. So I just guess: it is money, which makes the stones go round. Peter Alken
Saturday, 18 May 2024