Home PA visits cut readmissions after heart surgery; ACS issues pediatric surgery standards;

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> Heart surgery patients who receive two home visits from a physician assistant in the week following discharge are significantly less likely to be readmitted to the hospital and have lower surgery-related costs, according to a study presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Study announcement

> Risk of death in the year following surgery is significantly higher for patients diagnosed with "frailty" before the procedure, according to a new study published in JAMA Surgery. Study abstract

> The American College of Surgeons has issued new standards for pediatric surgery. Announcement

Health Payer News

> Holding a leadership position in a program as complex and controversial as Medicaid might be the toughest job in healthcare--and with even more challenges looming, it's likely to get even more difficult, healthcare policy expert Paul Keckley writes in a new blog post. Article

> The Congressional Budget Office has lowered its estimate of how many people will get coverage through Affordable Care Act in 2016, saying that enrollment in ACA plans has grown slower than anticipated. Article

And Finally… Senators are doing it for themselves. Article