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.
Brooke et al evaluate whether primary care provider follow-up is associated with lower 30-day readmission rates after high-risk (thoracic aortic aneurysm repair) and low-risk (ventral hernia repair) surgical procedures.
This prospective study from the Washington State Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program describes the thromboembolic complications and contemporary venous thromboembolism prophylaxis patterns in 16 115 consecutive patients undergoing colorectal surgery.
Tisherman et al discuss how intensivists from all specialties can provide optimal care for the critically ill surgical patient, particularly with continuing involvement by the surgeon of record. Recommendations are made for maintaining the intensivist model within acute care surgery practice. See the Invited Critique by Luchette.
Aboagye et al examine the disparities that may exist in colorectal cancer screening and treatment by comparing the distribution of providers of these services in rural and urban counties in the United States.
This Special Communication describes evidence-based guidelines to enhance the appropriate, safe, and effective practice of parathyroidectomy.