An analysis of records of 65,000 patients who underwent two high-risk surgeries reinforces the evidence that adequate post-surgical primary care reduces the rate of 30-day readmissions.

Researchers at the University of Utah and Dartmouth College examined records of more than 12,000 Medicare beneficiaries who underwent open surgery to repair a thoracic aortic aneurysm, classified a high-risk procedure, and almost 53,000 who received a ventral hernia repair, a lower-risk operation, between 2003 and 2010.

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