This retrospective cohort study evaluates differences across hospitals in the costs of care for patients surviving perioperative complications after major inpatient surgery.
This study identifies variation in open Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgeries by health insurance status.
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 population-based study uses SEER-Medicare database data to evaluate urologist-level rates of variation in the use of observation for men diagnosed with low- and high-risk prostate cancer between 2004 and 2009.
This study describes the association of patient- and hospital-level factors on in-hospital mortality after elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.
This cross-sectional analysis investigates the potential effects of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative on net margins among Medicare patients undergoing colectomy at a tertiary care hospital.
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 cohort study reports there are variations in hospital episode payments among Medicare patients undergoing bariatric surgery procedures.
This population-based cohort study investigates whether nonadherence to Society for Vascular Surgery guidelines for postoperative imaging surveillance is associated with poor outcomes among Medicare beneficiaries undergoing endovascular aneurysm repair.
This Surgical Innovation assesses whether bundling payments is a viable option for containing costs and improving the quality of patient care.
This retrospective review determined that the Center of Excellence certification requirement did not limit patients’ access to bariatric surgery based on demographic characteristics. See also the Invited Commentary by Dimick.
This Medicare claims study found that 1 in 4 US patients is readmitted to a hospital other than the one where the initial operation was performed.
This retrospective cohort study using national Medicare data reports that high hospital care intensity hospitals had higher rates of major complications following major cardiovascular, orthopedic, or general surgical operations compared with low hospital care intensity centers.
This Viewpoint reviews the central elements of the proposed SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014.
Rangrass et al sought to determine the effects of hospital quality on racial disparities in mortality rates after coronary artery bypass graft. See the invited commentary by Higgins.