Identifying whether a condition, that occurred in the operative suite or in the post-operative period, is a surgical or post-operative complication can be challenging, even for the most seasoned professionals. Dr. Adriane Martin, a board-certified general surgeon, will cover common intra-operative complications and post-operative conditions. She will provide participants with a clear understanding of these events/conditions. The impact of these conditions upon the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) quality measures will also be examined.

A clear understanding of intra-operative and post-operative complications is critical in health care’s quality driven environment. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Define a “cause and effect” relationship;
  2. Identify situations in which diagnosis/conditions are potentially “inherent and/or unavoidable”;
  3. Describe common diagnoses which are potential “surgical complications”; and
  4. Identify CMS quality measures impacted by “complications”

By gaining a clear understanding of operative and post-operative complications participants will ensure that patient care is being accurately reported. In turn, reimbursement and quality scores will be reflective of the care delivered.

Speaker: Adriane Martin, DO, FACOS, CCDS