Medicaid mortality rates significantly higher after major surgery

January 2011
State Health Watch;Jan2011, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p8
The article discusses the study "Primary Payer Status Affects Mortality for Major Surgical Operations," by researchers at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia which was published in the September 2010 issue of "Annals of Surgery." The study found the vulnerability of patients with Medicaid payer status to in-hospital mortality and complications. Several factors that may impact surgical outcomes include socioeconomic status, regional difference and race.


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