Surgery centers don’t have to report deaths in 17 states

Surgery centers don’t have to report deaths in 17 states
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“A Kaiser Health News & USA Today investigation found that surgery centers operate under such an uneven mix of rules across U.S. states that fatalities & serious injuries can result in no warning to gov’t officials, much less to potential patients.”

Christina Jewett of Kaiser Health News & Mark Alesia, USA Today go on to write:

“The gaps in oversight enable centers hit with federal regulators’ toughest sanctions to keep operating, according to interviews, a review of hundreds of pages of court filings and government records obtained under open records laws. No rule stops a doctor exiled by a hospital for misconduct from opening a surgery center down the street.”

Would it surprise you to know there are more surgery centers in America than hospitals? And as Jewett & Alesia report, these centers are performing more complicated procedures today than ever before.

This is a worthwhile report to check out before choosing a surgery center. Share with us your reaction to this investigative piece & your own experience at a surgery center.

USA Today, 8/9/18

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