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Hospitals Urged to Post Surgical Volume Data

Hospitals should make surgical volume data routinely available as a means of informing patients and families about potential risks and benefits, according to healthcare quality expert Peter Pronovost, MD, in a recent posting on He notes that three major health systems—Johns Hopkins, the University of Michigan and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center—have agreed to a “Volume Pledge” requiring surgeons and hospitals to meet volume thresholds for ten procedures.

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