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Searching for the Optimal Surgical Quality Indicator: Failure to Rescue Vs. Readmissions

      Patients, payers, policymakers, and clinicians are continually searching for the optimal surgical quality indicator. Two such measures—failure to rescue and 30-day readmissions—have recently gained considerable attention. For example, the National Quality Forum has adopted failure to rescue as an independent surgical quality indicator, and payers are increasingly focused on readmission rates in determining reimbursement models. In this context, we sought to determine whether these two measures identify the same hospitals.
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