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April 17, 2013

Making Surgical Complications Pay

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton, New Jersey.

JAMA. 2013;309(15):1634-1635. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.3451

In this issue of JAMA, Eappen et al1 reach the troublesome but not surprising conclusion that hospitals in the United States can profit handsomely from postsurgical complications, even if the hospitals could avoid them. The authors note that “Effective methods for reducing surgical complications have been identified. However, hospitals have been slow to implement them.”