The triple aim and its implications on the management of chronic rhinosinusitis

Jonnae Y. Barry, Hilary C. McCrary, Sean Kent, Ahlam A. Saleh, Eugene H. Chang, Alexander G. Chiu

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Introduction: Accountable care organizations (ACO) and alternative payment models are a sign of the change in reimbursement from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement. The focus of health care under ACOs is represented by the Triple Aim: to improve the experience of health care, improve the health of populations, and reduce the per capita costs. Individuals with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) are heavy consumers of health care services. Results of recent studies have indicated that there is the potential for improved outcomes and cost savings from early surgical intervention. Adhering to the principles of the Triple Aim may signal a paradigm shift in regard to timing of intervention for CRS in certain patients. Methods: A scoping review was performed to analyze the current literature related to management of CRS and the impact on cost, population health outcomes, and the patient's experience of health care. Results: A growing body of literature indicates that, in appropriately selected patients, when compared with medical management, endoscopic sinus surgery has the potential to improve patient outcomes and reduce the long-term cost burden of CRS. Conclusion: With the advent of ACOs, a paradigm shift in the treatment of CRS is inevitable to better conform to the goals of the Triple Aim. Future treatment algorithms will need to account for the heterogeneity within CRS and seek to identify appropriate timing and interventions for patients on an individual basis if the value of health care is to be improved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-350
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Rhinology and Allergy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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