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OSE_1309_part2_Layout 1 9/6/13 12:22 PM Page 47 K eith Smith, MD, isn't looking to For leading the effort to provide shake up the American healthtransparency in healthcare pricing, Keith Smith, MD, care system. He's looking to blow it to bits and help rebuild it in a co-founder of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, is the way that dramatically eases the burOutpatient Surgery Magazine den for surgical facilities, physicians, 2013 OR Excellence Award patients, employers and taxpayers — winner for financial management. just about everybody, in fact, who isn't profiting from maintaining the status quo (or who stands to profit as a result of impending legislation). He might just pull it off. Dr. Smith and partner Steven Lantier, MD, both anesthesiologists, started the Surgery Center of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City in 1997. Nearly 5 years ago they made the radical decision to start posting surgery prices online. It was "almost an act of selfAll-Inclusive defense," says Dr. Smith, "a Prices for Surgery shot across the bow" aimed at The Surgery Center of Oklahoma the deeply entrenched institulists all-inclusive prices for many surgeries on its website tions that were making it (surgerycenterok.com/pricing) hard, he says, for his center to compete, despite its emphasis on high quality at extraordinarily low — at least by comparison — and transparent prices. It's all right there on the website, surgerycenterok.com/pricing: $2,750 for a carpal tunnel S E P T E M B E R 2013 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E 4 7

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