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  1. 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 report:

    • Mortality within 30 days of a surgery (5.5%) was the same at a critical access hospital as larger hospitals.
    • 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.
    • Patients undergoing surgery at critical access hospitals had lower rates of heart failure (7.7% vs 10.7%).

    Source: JAMA, May 17, 2016


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