Metric Category: Appropriateness
The percentage of all lung and thymus resection procedures performed that were minimally invasive.
Minimally Invasive surgery (MIS) is a safe and effective option for lung and thymus surgery. Minimally invasive lobectomy and thymectomy procedures performed through a video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical approach are associated with fewer postoperative complications and a shorter length of stay compared to open resection. Minimally invasive surgeries may also be associated with lower costs, a shorter hospital stay, reduced opiate use, and an overall quicker recovery.
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The number of procedures from the denominator that were minimally invasive lung resection procedures (CPT codes: 32663, 32666, 32667, 32668, 32669, 32670, 32671) or minimally invasive thymus resection procedures (CPT codes: 32673)
The number of all lung resection procedures (CPT codes: 32440, 32442, 32445, 32480, 32484, 32486, 32505, 32506, 32507, 32608, 32663, 32666, 32667, 32668, 32669) or thymus resection procedures (CPT codes: 60521, 60522) by a given physician during the study period.
All patients who underwent a lung or thymus resection procedure.
1. If a look back period of data is available prior to the study period, exclude patients who had any history of a lung or thymus resection (CPT codes: 32440, 32442, 32445, 32480, 32484, 32486, 32505, 32506, 32507, 32608, 32663, 32666, 32667, 32668, 32669, 32670, 32671, 32482, 32488) prior to the study period.
Surgeon performing the procedure
GAM establishes clinical thresholds using the input of key physician leaders within a specialty and the GAM clinical team. GAM utilizes an elaborate consensus building process with final adjudication by our leadership team.
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