ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 16 Thomson Reuters today released its annual study identifying the 100 U.S. hospitals that set the nation's benchmarks for inpatient cardiovascular care.
The study -- 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks -- examined the performance of 971 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients diagnosed with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery or percutaneous cardiovascular interventions (PCI) such as angioplasties.
The 100 winning hospitals are listed below.
The study, in its 11th year, found that these hospitals have:
The top performing hospitals perform over 50 percent more cardiac surgeries than peer hospitals.
"These hospitals provide balanced high performance across cardiovascular services. This means they are providing high quality and highly efficient care at a reasonable cost in comparison to peers across the United States," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters.
The 100 Top Hospitals study evaluated short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.
Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2007 and 2008 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2008 Medicare cost reports, and data from other sources. They scored hospitals in key performance areas: risk-adjusted medical mortality, risk-adjusted surgical mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, procedure volume, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.
Hospitals were classified into three comparison groups. The 2009 winners are listed below. (The order of hospitals in the list does not reflect performance ranking.)
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-- 17 percent lower mortality rates for heart attack patients. -- 10 percent lower mortality rates for heart failure patients. -- 27 percent lower mortality for bypass surgery patients. -- 22 percent lower mortality following PCI. -- Fewer post-operative complications (99 percent of patients were complication-free). -- Close to 12 percent shorter average hospital stay. -- 12 percent lower cost per case.
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