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Cardiac, Heart Ratings - Reports that are limited to Heart Conditions or Procedures


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Best Cardiovascular Hospital Lists - How Good are They?

Research published in Journal of the American College of Surgeons (Jan. 2010) studied US News and HealthGrades' best hospitals lists and compared mortality (survival rates) for patients having heart bypass, valve repair or abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair surgery. They found hospital volume may be as good a predictor of hospital quality as the best hospital lists for cardiac care

California Heart Bypass Surgery - Hospital Ratings

Compare hospital survival rates for cardiac bypass - coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG) done in 2013-2014. Nearly all hospitals performed as expected. Four Calif. hospitals shown to be significantly worse than state average for survival rates or Post-op stroke. Updated 2017 by Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)

Mass. - Heart Bypass Surgery (CABG) Hospital Ratings, 2016

Cardiac Surgery report on Adult Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG or heart bypass) compares MA hospital surgery number of cases and risk-adjusted mortality rates in FY 2014 (Oct. 1 2013-Sept. 30, 2014). Unadjusted mortality rate was 1.57%. See Key Findings on page 13; hospitals are shown on page 39 (figure 7.3). No hospital was an outlier. Mass-DAC report is technical and does not use consumer-friendly language; 94 pg, November 2016. Mass-DAC contract ends Dec. 31, 2017

Mass. - Hospital Ratings for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), 2016

Compare Massachusetts hospitals on survival for patients with PCI, although there is little significant difference. Figures are meant to be read by physicians, professionals and statisticians, rather than consumers. Still, MA consumers can learn something about expected survival rates (crude mortality for PCI (no shock, no STEMI admissions, Figure 7.3) was 0.40%; mortality for shock or STEMI adm. was 5.04% (Figure 7.7). PCI is a non-surgical alternative to CABG (bypass), and often involves a balloon catheter or stent. Mass-DAC report on PCI prepared November 2016 uses 2013-2014 data; 90 pages. Mass-DAC contract ends December 2017

New Jersey Cardiac Surgery Hospital and Surgeon Ratings, 2013 (pdf)

Heart bypass surgery survival rate information by hospital and by physician; 30-day mortality rate for cardiac bypass surgery (CABG) was 1.57% in 2013 (9.27% if you got an infection). Individual surgeon risk-adjusted performance over 2 years, and general information about NJ hospital infections in CABG surgery also shown. Published by NJ Dept. of Health November 2016

New York - Cardiac Surgery (Pediatric) 2010-2013 (pdf)

Compare survival rates among 10 NY hospitals during a 4-year period. Includes mortality rate info at each hospital. Columbia Presbyterian-NYP was noted as best performer (lowest risk adjusted mortality). Montefiore-Moses was the worst performer. Other hospitals performed as expected for Pediatric Congenital Cardiac Surgery. 20-page report released September 2016

New York - Cardiac Surgery Ratings (Hospitals and surgeons, statewide) (pdf)  Editor's Pick

Compare heart survival rates in this cardiac surgery performance report by NY state Department of Health. In-hospital/30 day Mortality rates for cardiac surgery shown by hospital name and physician name for adult heart bypass (CABG) and aortic or mitral valve surgery patients. Risk-adjusted mortality data, observed rates versus expected death rates, 2008 to 2010. Isolated CABG mortality was 1.58% in 2010. Overall valve surgery mortality averaged 4.59% (2008-2010). Report Oct. 2012

New York Angioplasty/Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) Ratings (pdf)  Editor's Pick

Compare NY hospital and physician-specific ratings for PCI, also known as PTCA (angioplasty) or coronary stenting. Hospital survival rates (risk-adjusted mortality rate - RAMR) show which hospitals are significantly better or worse than the state average in-hospital/30 day rate of 0.55% (non-emergency cases 2008-2010) and 3.17% (emergency cases). Consumers can also find volume and survival information by surgeon's name (2008-2010), which New York has been reporting for years. NY State Department of Health report is 67 pages; pub. August 2012

Pennsylvania Cardiac Surgery, by hospital & surgeon 2012 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

Compare hospitals or cardiac surgeons (by name) side-by-side for Cardiac (heart) Bypass surgery (CABG) and heart valve cases for 18 months 2011-2012. Risk-adjusted Mortality (survival) rate and readmissions, open heart surgery volume, length of stay in hospital, and average charges (closest consumers will get to average cost). Survival rate for CABG without valve continues to improve (1.5% in 2012). In 2011, Medicare paid an average of $48,000 for a valve procedure, compared to 2012 avg charges of about $198,000. Report by PHC4, the PA Health Care Cost Containment Council, Nov. 2013

Texas Heart Bypass (CABG) Survival Rates 2014

Eight Texas hospitals had significantly lower risk-adjusted mortality rates (better survival rates) than the state’s 3.81% death rate for cardiac bypass (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, or CABG) surgery. Eighteen (18) hospitals had significantly higher (worse survival) rates – up to 22% risk-adjusted mortality. Scroll to CABG at this State of Texas site, to find the 2014 report. Volumes and average 2014 CABG charges ($207,734 in TX) are also shown in a separate report in the same section Indicators of Inpatient Care in Texas Hospitals Present on Admission (POA)

Texas Hospital Angioplasty (PCI) Survival Rates, 2014 (pdf)

Scroll to Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). Twelve (12) TX hospitals had significantly lower risk-adjusted mortality rates (better survival rates) for PCI (Angioplasty) than the state's 2.65% death rate in 2014. Nineteen (19) hospitals had significantly higher (worse survival) rates; those programs ranged in volume from 45 cases to 417. Average charge per case in TX was $110,475. Better hospitals sometimes cost less. Report by the State of Texas Health Care Information Collection (THCIC)

Texas Pediatric Heart Surgery: Survival Rates 2014

Of the eight Texas children's hospitals listed, one hospital (Texas Childrens at Houston) had both the highest volume for pediatric heart surgery, and the lowest risk adjusted mortality rate. Average for the state was 3.35% risk- adjusted mortality rate, but Texas Childrens was at 1.67%. On the other hand, Cook Childrens showed significantly higher mortality (worse survival) at 6.56%. Hospitals typically report mortality rate rather than survival rates. Volumes (number of cases) are also shown for each hospital. Scroll to Pediatric Heart Surgery. State of Texas Health Care Information Collection, 2014

Utah Heart Bypass Surgery, Angioplasty, Heart Attack & Failure, Stroke: Survival & Prices

Compare 2006-2008 survival rates at Utah hospitals for adults for cardiac (heart) bypass surgery (CABG), balloon angioplasty, heart attack, heart failure and stroke. Identify UT hospitals that had the best ratings with fewer deaths than expected. The for-profit (IASIS) Davis Hospital in Layton came up very short in heart failure care. Average 2008 charges for each hospital in the conditions noted above, plus heart catheterization (cardiac cath) and heart valve charges. Prices do not include cardiologist or cardiac surgeon fees, and will soon be 2 years old. Published Dec. 2009 by the Utah Department of Health

Virginia Health Information - Hospital Cardiac Care  Editor's Pick

Cardiac Care Comparisons, mortality and readmissions for 2009. Provides side by side hospital comparisons for volume, whether the hospital performed better or worse than expected for patient survival ratings. Cardiac cases are grouped by type: medical cardiology including heart attack, heart failure, invasive cardiology. including cardiac cath, pacemaker, angioplasty PCI, and open heart surgery, valves and CABG (heart bypass). Sort by Mortality rating to see top performers on the top of the list. This report shows 3 hearts are better than one. Links to full reports on each hospital, where efficiency, financial results, charity care, and patient satisfaction levels are shown

WA Hospital Ratings - Angioplasty and Heart Bypass 2013

Compare over 30 hospitals in Washington on PCI - percutaneous coronary interventions (reopening clogged arteries), cardiac bypass - Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG), or Valve surgery. Click on the blue buttons. Read the symbols carefully to find the few who performed exceptionally well in 2013, and those who were significantly lower performers. Shows volume and how hospitals did on the patient survival measures (mortality). Site by COAP - Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program, from the non-profit Foundation for Healthcare Quality, 2013

Other Helpful Listings

HealthGrades Women's Care and Women's Health Awards

HealthGrades lists its 5-star hospitals (Excellence Awards) in women's health defined as cardiovascular and bone & joint care; and women's care defined as labor & delivery and gynecologic procedures. Uses 2011-2013 Medicare data for 2015 cardiovascular and orthopedic ratings. Uses 2012-2014 data from 17 states for the maternity ratings.

New Jersey - Open Heart Surgery Volume by Hospital Name 2015

Two-page Cardiac Data Registry table showing number of open heart surgeries at each New Jersey hospital in 2015. Scroll to Data Charts. Open heart surgery, diagnostic cardiac catheterization cases, PCI, total volume was over 100,000 cases in 2014. NJ Dept. of Health and Senior Services

New York: Heart Disease Reports (various)

Additional cardiovascular reports by the Dept of Health can be accessed here

Utah Stroke Deaths, Hospital Survival Rates and Costs

Hospital-specific survival rates for stroke compared to expected deaths. Eight UT hospitals (incl. VA Medical) had statistically fewer deaths than expected for adults ages 18 and over, 2006-2008 data. Average death rate statewide declined to 9.2% for the three years. Typical prices at individual hospitals shown. Average 2008 hospital charges were about $14,000 for two-thirds of patients, $22,146 for the remaining more severely ill group, up 12%. Web page also shows Heart Care reports. Published by Utah Dept. of Health (UDOH) Dec. 2009

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