The Next Big Innovation in Health Benefits Design: “Surgeons of Excellence”

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On its surface, ‘Centers of Excellence’ looks like an intelligent strategy.

Self-insured employers, pursuing cost-efficiencies and streamlined care for employees, select certain hospitals to become provider-partners. They label these partners ‘Centers of Excellence’, and design their benefits packages around them.

But this model only works if employers rigorously scrutinize the provider’s quality of care. Unfortunately, their due diligence sometimes falls short. MPIRICA’s analysis has found that employers frequently select hospitals that may not have the strongest track record for surgical success.

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This happens, in part, because employers don’t dig deep enough into the data. They steer their employees to a chosen facility, expecting uniformly strong results.

Outcomes, however, vary wildly across a hospital. No two surgeons have the same expertise. Employers that want the very best possible outcomes for their employees, then, can’t settle on ‘Centers of Excellence’ — they should incorporate Surgeons of Excellence into their healthcare decisions.

A new white paper from MPIRICA, Why Surgeons of Excellence is the Next Big Innovation in Benefits Design, discusses how employers can make the change.


Scrutinizing specific surgeons on their performance uncovers crucial quality information that employers can use to guide their decisions. Surgeon-level data…

…enables smarter selection of provider partners.

– A strict focus on objective surgical performance eliminates possible biases toward health-system prestige or branding.

–  Looking at individual surgeons can reveal hidden gem performers — superb surgeons who operate out of lesser-known facilities.

…uncovers variances that could have a tremendous impact on outcomes.

– Even the best hospitals aren’t the best at everything. Surgeon-level data will show you a facility’s strengths — and its weaknesses.

The scope of possible performance disparity can be very broad in any given facility.

– The surgeon in your network may be a top-tier performer in one procedure, but mediocre in another. Only surgeon-level data can show you the difference.


These revelations from surgeon-level data can guide smart business decisions. But the real, all-important reason to screen individual surgeons is simple: it’s the best way to secure quality care for patients.

Request the free white paper now to learn how scrutinizing individual surgeons keeps your employees healthy and safe.