Hospitals limit low-volume surgeries

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

May 27, 2015

Three of the top health systems in the country are setting standards that will prevent hospitals and physicians from performing certain low-volume procedures, according to a recent report in U.S. News & World Report. Under the new standards, physicians at these hospitals will have to perform a certain number of operations in order to continue performing the procedure,

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire, Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, and the University of Michigan announced the decision to limit certain procedures shortly after the U.S. News & World Report last week that said hospitals and physicians that perform low-volume procedures put patients at greater risk than hospitals that perform the same procedures regularly.

 
Currently, there is no minimum volume requirement in place and in some cases, physicians may only perform a procedure once a year.
 
The limits are expected to go into effect by the end of the year.