This observational study evaluates the costs associated with surgical quality and the relative financial burden on hospitals and payers.
This Viewpoint reports on the composition of physicians participating in Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) accountable care organizations to determine the degree to which surgeons and other specialists are participating in MSSP programs.
This Viewpoint reviews the central elements of the proposed SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014.
This population epidemiology study investigates whether a variability in 30-day readmission is attributable to patient, surgeon, or surgical subspecialty levels in patients undergoing a major surgical procedure.
This study compares the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program’s broad definition of an episode of care (ie, initial hospitalization until 90 days after hospital discharge) with a clinically narrow definition of an episode of care.
This study characterizes surgical care infrastructure, location, capacity, and availability in Zambia.
Patel and coauthors determine the effect of meeting a standardized set of critical care end points, or donor management goals, on the number of organs transplanted per donor using expanded criteria donors. See the Invited Commentary by Salim.
Keenan et al determine the effect of a preventive surgical site infection (SSI) bundle on SSI rates and costs in colorectal surgery. In a retrospective study of institutional clinical and cost data, the primary outcome was the rate of superficial SSIs before and after implementation of the bundle. See the Invited Commentary by Leeds and Wick.
This cohort study reports that the proportion of violence-related injuries was significantly lower among preteens cared for in the setting of humanitarian aid and conflict zones, while surgical interventions in the teenage group were primarily caused by trauma-related injuries.
Salim and colleagues investigate the effect of an aggressive outreach intervention during a 5-year period aimed at improving organ donation rates among Hispanic Americans. See also the invited commentary by Malinoski.
This study compares the availability of trauma care resources in Ghana in 2004 vs 2014.