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Dec 4, 2023

Editor in Chief Cecelia E. Schmalbach, MD, MSc, is joined by Associate Editor Raymond L. Chai, MD, and lead author Julia E. Noel, MD, to discuss “Time-Driven Activity-Based Cost Comparison of Thyroid Lobectomy and Radiofrequency Ablation,” which published in the October 2023 issue of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.  Dr. Noel and her coauthors used time-driven activity-based cost methodology to drill down the details that reveal radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a more cost-effective treatment modality. They looked at the entire treatment cycle for both lobectomy and RFA— from initial visit in clinic through the procedure and postoperative visit—to determine cost data for the hospital.