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For some surgeries, hospital rankings not tied to better outcomes

from Reuters

When it comes to common gastrointestinal operations, such as weight loss surgery, a U.S. hospital's ranking may not equate with better outcomes, a new study suggests. For patients undergoing several common minimally-invasive abdominal surgeries, rates of death and serious complications at hospitals ranked high in the U.S. News and World Report annual "top 50" list for this specialty were no better than at non-ranked hospitals, according to the study published in JAMA Surgery. more

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