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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Small Critical Access Hospitals Have Fewer Post-Surgery Complications
JAMA recently published results from a study comparing rural critical access
hospitals (CAHs) to larger urban hospitals. Here are some key findings from the
·Mortality within 30
days of a surgery (5.5%) was the same at a critical access hospital as larger
·The same surgery costs
Medicare $1,400 less at a critical access hospital than at a larger hospital.
·1 in 4 patients had
complications after surgery at large hospitals, while 17.5% did at CAHs.
·5% of surgery patients
at CAHs got transferred to larger hospitals, vs 25% of other patients.
·CAH surgery patients
were less likely to use skilled nursing facilities after their operations.
surgery at critical access hospitals had lower rates of heart failure (7.7% vs