The value of the modern vascular surgeon to the health care system: A report from the Society for Vascular Surgery Valuation Work Group
Powell R, Brown K, Davies M, et al. The value of the modern vascular surgeon to the health care system: A report from the Society for Vascular Surgery Valuation Work Group. J Vasc Surg. 2021;73(2):359-371.e3. doi:10.1097/WNO.0000000000001075
Vascular surgeons provide an important service to the health care system. They are capable of treating a wide range of disease processes that affect both the venous and arterial systems. Their presence broadens the complexity and diversity of services that a health care system can offer both in the outpatient setting and in the inpatient setting. Because of their ability to control hemorrhage, they are critical to a safe operating room environment. The vascular surgery service line has a positive impact on hospital margin through both the direct vascular profit and loss and the indirect result of assisting other surgical and medical services in providing care. The financial benefits of a vascular service line will hold true for a wide range of alternative payment models, such as bundled payments or capitation. To fully leverage a modern vascular surgeon's skill set, significant investment is required from the health care system that is, however, associated with substantial return on the investment.