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U.S. News & World Report to Evaluate 3M Ambulatory Potentially Preventable Complications Grouping Software for Potential Use in Best Hospitals Rankings

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U.S. News & World Report is set to evaluate the new 3M Ambulatory Potentially Preventable Complications (3M AM-PPC) software for potential use in the publication’s 2023-2024 Best Hospitals rankings.

About 70% of all surgeries in the U.S. occur in an outpatient setting, according to The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2017 report. A Deloitte 2020 report on hospital revenue trends reported the aggregate outpatient share of total hospital revenue grew from 28% in 1994 to 48% in 2018, and this shift will likely continue highlighting the importance of incorporating outpatient settings of care in assessing rankings.

Developed to address patient safety and quality oversight for procedures performed in hospital outpatient departments or ambulatory surgery centers, 3M AM-PPC uses sophisticated grouping logic and allows providers and payers to identify and analyze complications in outpatient settings by specific procedures, service lines, providers and facilities. National benchmarks are also included.

Preliminary 3M analysis of more than 11 million at-risk ambulatory procedures indicates that complication rates may be as high as 10% for certain procedures. Complications are associated with excess follow-up visits, emergency department visits and inpatient admissions, and can affect patient safety, satisfaction and emotional health.

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