Surgery Safety Effort Could Hurt Revenue: Study

Efforts to reduce post-surgical complications such as infections could lead to substantial drops in hospital revenue, according to a study published online in Health Affairs that examined the business case for such programs.

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Source: Modern Healthcare

Citing the current fee-for-service model, the authors said such quality-improvement programs could result in far lower reimbursement rates for hospitals. Average reimbursement revenue for a surgical patient who experiences complications is $36,730, or about $13,000 more than the average reimbursement for a patient who experiences no complications, they said.