CHA News Article

Study Reviews Link Between Low Volume Cancer Surgeries and Outcomes
CHA to host July 6 webinar detailing study processes, data gathered and implications for hospitals

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) has partnered with researchers and government agencies to measure California hospitals’ volume of certain cancer surgeries for which there is evidence of an association between low volume and increased mortality/poor outcomes.

Using 2014 Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development data, ICD 9 and CPT codes, researchers launched the first of two studies analyzing surgical volume performed by California hospitals for 11 common cancers. In CHCF’s first study, over 200 California hospitals were identified as performing low volumes of surgeries (defined as fewer than five) for one or more of the 11 cancers. This year, the authors repeated the study using more recent data to determine changes, if any, in hospital cancer volume. The most recent study found essentially no change in the distribution of low volume cancer surgery among California hospitals.

On June 26, CHCF plans to publicly release these data; hospitals should be prepared to address questions that may be raised by purchasers, providers and patients. CHA will host a webinar on July 6 from 10 a.m.–noon (PT) to provide hospital leadership with a thorough analysis of the study and offer recommendations for action. For more information or to register, go to www.calhospital.org/cancer-surgery-web.

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