Preventable readmissions to surgical services: lessons learned and targets for improvement.

  title={Preventable readmissions to surgical services: lessons learned and targets for improvement.},
  author={Aaron J Dawes and Greg D. Sacks and Marcia McGory Russell and Anne Y E Lin and Melinda A Maggard-Gibbons and Deborah F. Winograd and Hallie R Chung and Areti K Tillou and Jonathan R. Hiatt and Clifford Y. Ko},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Surgeons},
  volume={219 3},
BACKGROUND Hospital readmissions are under intense scrutiny as a measure of health care quality. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed using readmission rates as a benchmark for improving care, including targeting them as nonreimbursable events. Our study aim was to describe potentially preventable readmissions after surgery and to identify targets for improvement. STUDY DESIGN Patients discharged from a general surgery service over 8 consecutive quarters (Q4 2009… CONTINUE READING
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