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Surgery study shows worse health, more problems & higher costs among Medicaid patients
Date:5/12/2014

care, and yielded important research findings that could help make surgical care across the U.S. better and safer. More hospitals have joined MSQC in recent years, and it now includes most major hospitals around the state.

In 2012, the collaborative added insurance status to the list of items it tracks, and the new study uses data collected between July 2012 and June 2013. In April 2014, Michigan's Medicaid system expanded with the addition of the Healthy Michigan Plan for any adult making up to 133 percent of the poverty level.

"As we enter a new era under expanded Medicaid, we'll continue to use MSQC methods to track how the newly covered are doing, and what we can do to prevent unnecessary complications, readmissions to hospitals and other issue," says Campbell. "We can already see that surgical teams must partner with non-surgical teams to ensure patients get the full range of care and support they need both before and after an operation."


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Contact: Kara Gavin
kegavin@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
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