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Surgical Readmissions-What Surgeons Can and Can't Do About Them (1 credit Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

Target Audience: Surgeons. Other interested physicians and healthcare providers are also welcome to participate.

Original Release Date: April 21, 2015
Review Date: April 21, 2018
Expiration Date: 

Description: CMS’s Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, previously targeting medical diagnoses, is expanding its reach to surgical procedures, starting with knee and hip replacements in 2015.  This monograph will review new peer-reviewed studies about the reasons for surgical readmissions, to what extent readmits are preventable, and whether the SCIP and NSQIP measures have resulted in any improvement.  Surgery claims data and other resources will be examined for practical recommendations surgeons can use to reduce complications in their practice.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to
1)    Describe what is known from recent studies about the incidence, timing, and causes of
       surgical readmissions.
2)    Explain why some studies show improvement in NSQIP and SCIP measures and some do
3)    Find out your own rate of surgical complications or readmissions for one or more
       procedures in your practice.
4)    Implement or tailor a targeted intervention to reduce surgical complications or readmissions
       in your practice.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 6 out of 8 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. 

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


MOC Approved: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, ' . $this->title . ' has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • American Board of Urology



State Requirements:
Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety

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About the Author: Ruth Ryan RN, BSN, MSW - Read Bio

About the Expert Reviewers: J. Michael Conerly, MD, FACS, James W. Wade, MD, FACS and James E. Brown, MD - Read Bios

Disclosure Statement: The author and expert reviewers, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Director of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Risk Management Education Specialist

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Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education. It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care. Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient. The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2015

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