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In This Issue of JAMA Surgery
August 2016


JAMA Surg. 2016;151(8):693. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.2934

Readmission after total hip replacement is a common event, and the reduction in the number of these readmissions is a goal of the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines and the Affordable Care Act. Siracuse and Chamberlain describe a novel nomogram called the Readmission After Total Hip Replacement Risk Scale score that can reliably predict readmission risk for unique patients prior to their index admission in an effort to intervene a priori.


Patients in the United States waiting for kidney transplantation die in increasing numbers owing to the severe kidney shortage, which might be alleviated by compensating living kidney donors. Peters et al determine the willingness of voting US citizens to become living kidney donors, and they ascertain the potential influence of compensation for donation. Most US voters view living kidney donation positively, and most would be motivated toward donor nephrectomy if offered a payment of $50 000.