Johns Hopkins Medicine is one of three hospitals that are planning to support a new type of regulation- “establishing minimum-volume standards that would prevent hospitals and surgeons from performing common procedures that they do infrequently.” Escalating research shows patients being “more likely to get hurt, die or need extended hospital care when their surgery is performed by someone who does that procedure infrequently.” Dr. Peter Pronovost, Co-Founder of Doctella and the Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine, shares his thoughts on the topic in an article published in the Baltimore Business Journal.
“What triggered me was the justice, the needless harm when a patient had a procedure done at a hospital where none had been done in the last two years,” -Dr. Peter Pronovost
Since these new regulations are voluntary, hospitals will need their board to approve them, meaning convincing hospital leaders and doctors to support the notion. With pay standards changing in Maryland this idea might be well received. Pronovost plans to push further for federal regulations through the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services that would standardize minimum-volume surgery regulations.
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