Senate committee moves to investigate concurrent surgeries

A U.S. Senate committee will investigate concurrent surgeries, wherein surgeons operate on more than one patient at once, according to The Boston Globe. Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) wrote letters to 20 hospital systems' leaders requesting records on the practice, asking for such information as total number between 2011 and 2015, breakdown by specialty and details on policies for informing patients about the practice. "We are concerned about reports of patients not being informed that they may be sharing their surgeon with another patient, and we are especially concerned by reports that, in some cases, steps have been taken to actively conceal this practice from patients,' Hatch wrote. Read the full story at FiercePracticeManagement