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Accreditation linked to better patient outcomes

Patients who underwent weight loss operations in recent years, when most bariatric surgical centres were accredited, had fewer postoperative complications and were 2.3 times less likely to die in the hospital than patients who had bariatric procedures performed before a national movement toward facility accreditation was taking place, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

CMS should “re-evaluate” Center of Excellence policy

Researchers have called for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (the federal agency that administers the Medicare, a health insurance programme primarily for people age 65 or older, CMS) to reconsider its policy of paying for bariatric surgery only when it is performed at a designated Center of Excellence, after they found that there were no significant differences in complication rates between those institutions with a designation and those without.

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