Group of surgeons in scrubs and masks Surgical costs represent 34% of employers’ total spend, yet most of the cost-reduction solutions relied on by many are not containing these expenditures.

Recent reports indicating that overtreatment wastes up to $101 billion per year in the United States and that surgical volumes are expected to increase 5% into 2023 compared to pre-pandemic levels have resulted in questions about how employers perceive their overall surgical spending.

To find answers to those questions, Carrum Health (a digital health company connecting employers and employees to Centers of Excellence) — in partnership with Employer Health Innovation Roundtable (EHIR, a coalition of large and progressive employers) — conducted a survey of benefit leaders at self-insured companies. They determined that employers’ desire to drive down health care expenditures and improve quality likely will lead to increased usage of COEs.

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