Studies Reveal Potential Pitfalls for Surgeons, Surgical Practices, ASCs and Hospitals Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 17:14

Surgical specialty can mean the difference 

between life and death

In a study, published late last month in The BMJ and entitled Surgeon specialization and operative mortality in United States: retrospective analysis, researchers attempt to measure the association between a surgeon's degree of specialization in a specific procedure and patient mortality. The authors concluded, "For several common procedures, surgeon specialization was an important predictor of operative mortality independent of volume in that specific procedure. When selecting a surgeon, patients, referring physicians, and administrators assigning operative workload may want to consider a surgeon's procedure specific volume as well as the degree to which a surgeon specializes in that procedure".

Surgeons reluctant to discuss 
adverse events with patients

In a study, published 7.20.16 in JAMA Surgery and entitled Surgeons' Disclosures of Clinical Adverse Events, researchers attempt to quantitatively assess surgeons' reports of disclosure of adverse events and aspects of their experiences with the disclosure process. The authors concluded, "Surgeons who reported they were less likely to discuss preventability of the adverse event, or who reported difficult communication experiences, were more negatively affected by disclosure than others. Quality improvement efforts focused on recognizing the association between disclosure and surgeons' well-being may help sustain open disclosure policies."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 17:58
Department of Health Investigating 1st Possible Non-Travel Related Zika Case in Miami-Dade Print E-mail
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Saturday, 23 July 2016 14:04

The Florida Department of Health is investigating the first possible non-travel related case of Zika virus in the state, officials said Tuesday.

The case was reported in Miami-Dade County.

Health officials are investigating alongside the Centers for Disease Control, which said in a statement Tuesday it "has provided Florida more than $2 million in Zika-specific funding and about $27 million in emergency preparedness funding that can be used toward Zika response efforts."

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 July 2016 14:08
United States Health Care Reform Progress to Date and Next Steps Print E-mail
Written by Barack Obama, JD | JAMA   
Thursday, 14 July 2016 00:00

The Affordable Care Act is the most important health care legislation enacted in the United States since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The law implemented comprehensive reforms designed to improve the accessibility, affordability, and quality of health care.

To review the factors influencing the decision to pursue health reform, summarize evidence on the effects of the law to date, recommend actions that could improve the health care system, and identify general lessons for public policy from the Affordable Care Act.

Analysis of publicly available data, data obtained from government agencies, and published research findings. The period examined extends from 1963 to early 2016.

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