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Study: Readmissions after surgery associated with new postdischarge complications


In a study that included readmission information from nearly 350 hospitals, readmissions the first 30 days after surgery were associated with new postdischarge complications related to the surgical procedure and not a worsening of any medical conditions the patient already had while hospitalized for surgery, according to a study in a recent issue of JAMA. Readmission as a quality and cost-containment metric is now a major issue for hospitals, clinicians and policy makers. Financial penalties for readmission have been expanded beyond medical conditions to include surgical procedures. more

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