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Study Finds VA Hospitals Performs Better for Post-Op Surgical Mortality Than Private Sector Facilities

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Recent legislation facilitates veterans’ ability to receive non–Veterans Affairs (VA) surgical care. However, contemporary data comparing the quality and safety of VA and non-VA surgical care are lacking

A new study, published in JAMA Surgery, found that after adjusting for differences in frailty and other risk factors for postoperative complications, surgical patients in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals were markedly less likely to die within 30 days compared with those treated in private sector facilities, writes Medpage Today.

In the study – Comparing Veterans Affairs and Private Sector Perioperative Outcomes After Noncardiac Surgery – describing more than 4 million operations, VA surgical care was associated with lower perioperative mortality and decreased failure to rescue.

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