Is there a relationship between physician and facility volumes of ambulatory procedures and patient outcomes?

Division of Health Affairs, and Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health, Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, FL 32306, USA.
The Journal of ambulatory care management 01/2008; 31(4):354-69. DOI: 10.1097/01.JAC.0000336554.46837.a4
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This study explores associations between patient outcomes (7- and 30-day hospitalization and mortality) and healthcare provider (physician and facility) volumes of outpatient colonoscopy, cataract removal, and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy performed in outpatient surgical settings in Florida. Findings indicate that patients treated by high-volume physicians or facilities had lower adjusted odds ratios for hospitalizations and mortality. When physician and facility volume were assessed simultaneously, physician volume accounted for larger effects than facility volume in hospitalization models. When assessing both physician and facility volume together for mortality, facility volume was a stronger predictor of mortality outcomes at 30 days. Further examinations of associations of outpatient physician and facility volumes and patient outcomes are suggested.

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