This Viewpoint describes the necessity of intraoperative consultation and the need to avoid
unnecessary or unexpected out-of-network billing.
This Viewpoint reports on a recently convened panel of coding and quality experts who are part of the UHC PSI Documentation Project to develop consensus on what constitutes an “accidental puncture or laceration” to enhance the comparability of performance data and to support members’ quality improvement initiatives.
This study reports that universal decontamination using a low-cost preoperative protocol may be considered as an additional prevention strategy for surgical site infections in patients undergoing orthopedic surgery with hardware implantation.
This observational study reports that distractions are very common during surgery resident handoffs.
This nationwide cohort study defines stage-specific treatments and prognosis of colon cancer diagnosed in young adults (ages 18-49 years) vs older adults (ages 65-75 years).
This retrospective multivariate regression analysis shows that laparoscopic colectomy results in a significant reduction in health care costs and utilization in the short- and long-term postoperative periods.
This retrospective review of perioperative outcome parameters supports the safe implementation of robotic pancreaticoduodenectomy. See also the Invited Commentary by Edil.
This analysis of data from an ongoing prospective trial determines that laparoscopic repair of paraesophageal hernia results in excellent long-term quality of life (QOL). See also the invited commentary by Oleynikov.
This medical record review cites postoperative hyperglycemia is a meaningful predictor of outcomes in patients with major comorbidities undergoing open ventral hernia repair (VHR).
This retrospective cohort study reported that current practice guidelines recommending 50% or greater arteriovenous fistula rates in incident hemodialysis patients fall short. Huber provides a related Article .
This competing risk analysis analyzes the effects of burn outcome predictors on hospital length of stay and mortality in patients with acute burn injuries. See also the Invited Commentary by Cochran and Faraklas.
This cross-sectional study concludes that unconscious class and race biases are not associated with clinical decision making among surgical clinicians.
Findings from this retrospective review show the importance of removing the less radioactive nodes in patients with cutaneous melanoma.
This prospective study found that sustained use of a surgical safety checklist was observed with continued improvements in process measures and reductions in 30-day surgical complications almost 2 years after a structured implementation effort that demonstrated marked, short-term reductions in harm.
This retrospective cohort study examines the risk of discharge to a postacute care setting as a patient-centered outcome for the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Surgical Risk Calculator.
This study was designed to calculate the projected cost savings that could be possible with the increased use of minimally invasive surgery in hospitals.
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