"Surgical complexity" level is introduced in VA hospitals

  1. WASHINGTON — The Veterans Affairs Department is limiting the types of surgeries performed at some of its hospitals following a systemwide review prompted by surgical deaths at its southern Illinois hospital.

    Under a new system, the VA has given each hospital a "surgical complexity" level. Because of that, hospitals in at least five states will now only perform less-complicated surgeries. The hospitals are in Alexandria, La.; Beckley, W.Va.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Danville, Ill.; and Spokane, Wash.

    The VA will pick up the tab for patients who have surgeries performed elsewhere.

    Full Story: The Associated Press: VA limits surgeries at some hospitals after deaths
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  3. by   HM2VikingRN
    Believe it or not there are in effect "magnet hospitals" for surgery types within the VA system. Omaha is a magnet for bariatric surgery. MPLS doesn't do transplants but does lots of orthopedic procedures....
  4. by   PostOpPrincess
    We only do bariatric surgeries at one hospital (out of our group) because the complexity of the cases and the f/u care is well planned and implemented and extremely successful.