Project Information

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Reduction in Readmission

Project Description: The opportunity to decrease bariatric weight loss surgery readmission rate is based on the perception readmissions are preventable, unnecessary and increase healthcare costs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began tying readmission rates to reimbursement in year 2013. Opportunity for improvement was confirmed by a drill down and an informal microsystems assessment of the university hospital bariatric program. A gap in knowledge and utilization of current resources were identified in the patient’s pre and post operative phase. Implementing an evidence‐based multidisciplinary care pathway knows as Enhanced Recovery After Surgery and providing education to staff and patients for the most common causes of post-operative complications could lead to a decreased readmission rate.

QPI: Gwendolyn, Crispell (Hasse), (


Advisors: Wanda, Whittet, (

UF Health Big Aims: Reduce Variation None

MeSH Keywords: Patient Readmission, Bariatrics, Bariatric Surgery, sleeve, Roux-en-Y