100,000 Unnecessary Surgeries

According to the Lown Institute, hospitals in the United States performed over 100,000 unnecessary surgeries on elder patients between March and December 2020. 

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According to Lown, these unnecessary surgeries included a variety of procedures, such as stents for stable coronary disease, vertebroplasties for osteoporosis, hysterectomies for benign disease and more. 

While Lown argues that these procedures have very little or no clinical benefit, the American Hospital Association (“AHA”) disagreed. The AHA said that delaying non-emergent care can have negative outcomes on patients. 

Opinions fall on both sides regarding the Lown analysis. However, it is important to note scrutiny is a constant in healthcare. 

It is essential to make sure that you are not performing any unnecessary surgeries or billing for anything unnecessary. 

As always, compliance is incredibly important to the federal government and practices need to ensure they are in always in compliance. 

Make sure your compliance plan is up to date. It is essential that your compliance plan is updated routinely and your staff are trained on any updates and compliance incidents. 

We help our clients perform audits to check for any potential issues, respond to anonymous employee concerns, and update compliance plans. We also help our practices provide compliance training, so that employees are aware of current auditing trends. 

If you need help with your compliance plan, employee training, audits, or other needs, contact Rickard & Associates today!

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