UW Surgeon: New Approaches Needed to Improve Surgical Care
Madison, Wisconsin - In the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Dr. Caprice Greenberg notes that better methods are needed to assess the quality of care delivered by surgeons.
Greenberg, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and an expert in surgical quality, wrote the editorial based on a study, also published in JAMA, showing that Centers of Excellence (
This has important policy and fiscal ramifications. Since 2006, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services have paid for weight loss surgery only at
Greenberg notes that better measures of surgical quality are likely on the horizon, with the improved use of electronic health records and the focus on comparative-effectiveness research mandated by the Affordable Care Act of 2010. She suggests that better regional data collection and sharing through surgical collaboratives could offer a way forward.
As the medical system rethinks the
Greenberg’s editorial is available online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Date Published: 02/28/2013