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Table 5 Costs of care based on Medicare reimbursement to the hospital and physician for brain LITT, craniotomy w/carmustine, craniotomy w/o carmustine, or biopsy inpatient procedures—tumor resection

From: The value of using a brain laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) system in patients presenting with high grade gliomas where maximal safe resection may not be feasible

Cost item Brain LITT
LOS = 3
Craniotomy w/carumstine wafer
LOS = 7.5
Craniotomy
LOS = 7.5
Biopsy
LOS = 6
DRG 25-26—craniotomy $22,291 $22,291 $22,291
DRG 23—craniotomy with chemo implant $31,090
CPT 00210—anesthesia $1010 $1010 $1010 $1010
CPT 99144/5—physician observation of sedation $320 $320 $320 $320
CPT 61510—craniotomy $2225 $2225
CPT 61517 $94
CPT 61751    $1405
CPT 61781 $235  
CPT 61798 $1410  
CPT 61799 $975
CPT 61800 $165   $165
CPT 99222 $138 $138 $138 $138
CPT 99233 @ $105/day $315 $840 $840 $630
Total $26,859 $35,717 $26,824 $25,959
  1. LOS length of stay in days, DRG diagnostic related group, CPT current procedural terminology