“The Influence of Physician Payments on the Method of Breast Reconstruction”

In Peer Reviewed Articles by BHI

Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, October 2018

Using the Blue Health Intelligence® database from 2009 to 2013, patients were identified who underwent tissue expander (i.e., implant) or free-flap breast reconstruction. The implant-to-flap ratio and physician payments were assessed using quadratic modeling. Matched bootstrapped samples from the early and late periods generated probability distributions, approximating the odds of surgeons switching reconstructive methods.