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Surgeons push back against minimum volume standards

from U.S. News & World Report

Despite evidence that doctors who perform small numbers of surgical procedures are putting patients' lives at risk, surgeons are pushing back against proposed standards limiting low-volume surgeries, arguing that the new minimum thresholds could instead limit access to care. Proponents of the low-volume standards say they will save lives. "If low-volume surgery were a drug, the Food and Drug Administration would have banned it long ago," says Dr. John Birkmeyer, chief academic officer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. more

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