Hospital readmission metrics are not an ideal measure in ovarian cancer cases

To reduce costs and improve quality of care, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has made reducing readmission rates a priority, yet research studies presented today at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s 2017 Annual Meeting for Women’s Cancer question the use of the metric in surgeries performed in patients with ovarian cancer. The presentations find that readmission rate as a metric of quality of care in ovarian cancer surgeries focuses on short-term outcomes but is not an ideal measure of patient survival in the long run.

Two separate studies presented by lead researchers, Shitanshu Uppal, MBBS, and Emma Barber, MD, MS, SGO Members and gynecologic oncologists, focus on how certain surgeries may lead to high readmission rates for ovarian cancer patients, but these procedures likely benefit patients in the long-term as reflected by an overall increase in survival rates.

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