Journal Article

Hospital process compliance and surgical outcomes in Medicare beneficiaries.

Nicholas LH, Osborne NH, Birkmeyer JD, et al. Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960). 2010;145:999-1004.

Hospitals are now required to report adherence to measures intended to prevent post-surgical complications, including surgical site infections. These measures are being publicly reported by groups including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. However, this analysis found that high levels of adherence to these accountability measures were not correlated with postoperative mortality, surgical site infection rate, or other complications, calling into question the value of public reporting of such measures.