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Accredited Heart Care Centers – American College of Cardiology

List of Accredited heart care centers from the nonprofit American College of Cardiology (ACC). The ACC accreditation program includes the Chest Pain Centers program previously within the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and the Society of Chest Pain Centers (both known as SCPC.) Some accredited centers have PCI (percutaneous cardiac intervention). Must meet emergency department requirements and standards for timely diagnosis and treatment. List is interactive by state or type of accreditation, including atrial fibrillation (A Fib), cardiac cath, chest pain center, heart failure, heartCARE center, transcatheter valve (TAVR) certification, and more. Shows location of each hospital. Consumers might be surprised to learn that their favorite hospital’s heart program is not accredited or certified.

Best Cardiac Surgery Hospital Ratings STS – Society of Thoracic Surgeons Editor's Pick

If you’re looking for the Best Cardiac Surgery hospitals, consider these ratings by STS – the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Compare hospital ratings for cardiac surgery in your state. Many hospitals voluntarily report their results, which are posted here for adult coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), valve replacement, congenital heart surgery and lobectomy for lung cancer. Most results cover the time period through December 2021. Most hospitals get two stars for “as expected” performance. Outstanding hospitals get 3 stars; under-performing hospitals get 1 star. Search by state or name of hospital to find the best. Excellent website. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,600 surgeons and others dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other surgical chest procedures.

Best Cardiovascular Hospital Lists – How Good are They?

How good are the lists of “best cardiovascular hospitals”? Research published in JAMA Cardiology (Journal of the American Medical Association, Cardiology) studied US News & World Report best hospitals list and 2018-2019 rankings for Cardiology and Heart Surgery. For cardiovascular care, the physician researchers indeed found lower 30-day mortality rates (better survival) and higher patient satisfaction at the top cardiac hospitals when compared with nonranked hospitals. Results applied to heart attack (AMI-acute myocardial infarction), heart failure and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG or heart bypass). Researchers did not find lower readmission rates at the top-ranked hospitals. Published December 2018.

California Heart Bypass Surgery – Hospital Ratings and Surgeon Outcomes

Find Heart Bypass Surgery hospital ratings and surgeon outcomes in California. Compare hospital survival rates and cardiac surgeon outcomes for cardiac bypass – coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG). Hospital scores for 2019 show 8 performed better than expected, and 22 performed worse than expected on one or more CABG measures. Doctor ratings found 2 of 283 CABG surgeons had Better outcomes for 2017-2018, and 4 had Worse outcomes. Updated by Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), September 2020 (physician results) and July 2021 for hospital results.

New Jersey Cardiac Surgery Hospital and Surgeon Ratings

Find New Jersey cardiac surgery hospital and surgeon ratings based on heart bypass surgery survival rates. The 30-day mortality (death) rate for cardiac bypass surgery (CABG) was 2.37% in 2019-2020 (13.39% if you got an infection; 1.84% for patients who didn’t). Most hospitals and surgeons were not significantly different than the NJ statewide average. One hospital stood out as significantly better: Hackensack University Medical Center. One hospital (Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, a relatively low-volume program) was significantly worse. Individual surgeon risk-adjusted performance over 2 years is shown if s/he did at least 100 bypass surgeries over the two year period. Two physicians listed by name were significantly better; one cardiac surgeon had significantly worse results. Information about NJ hospital infections in CABG surgery are shown. Published by New Jersey Dept. of Health August 2022. Numbers of cardiac procedures including cardiac cath performed at each hospital in 2021 and 1st qtr. 2022 (published in May 2022) are also available at this site.

New York – Cardiac Surgery Ratings (Hospitals and surgeons, statewide) (pdf)

Find New York heart survival rates, hospital ratings and surgeon ratings in this adult cardiac surgery report. Compare in-hospital/30 day mortality rates by hospital name and surgeon name. Number of cardiac surgery cases and deaths shown for adult heart bypass (CABG) and aortic or mitral valve surgery patients. Risk-adjusted mortality data, observed rates versus expected death rates, 2016 to 2018. Isolated CABG observed mortality was 1.48% in 2018. Overall valve surgery mortality averaged 2.80% (2016-2018). For aortic valve replacement, the death rate was 1.54% (2016-2018). Readmission rates are shown by hospital as well. The New York State report also describes outcomes for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR, also sometimes called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation or TAVI). Detailed report published by NY state Department of Health, April 2022.

New York Angioplasty/Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) Ratings (pdf)

Compare New York 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 and which cardiologists are significantly better or worse than the state average. In-hospital/30 day risk-adjusted rate was 0.83% for non-emergency cases 2018. When emergency cases are added in, the 2018 observed mortality rate goes up to 1.38%. Observed mortality rate for TAVR was 2.42% (2016-2018). Consumers can also find volume and survival information by cardiologist’s name (2016-2018), which New York has been reporting for years. NY State Department of Health report is 79 pages; published April 2022.

Virginia Health Information – Hospital Cardiac Care

Compare Cardiac Care at Virginia hospitals, mortality (deaths) and readmissions for 2020. Provides side by side VA hospital comparisons for volume, whether the hospital performed better or worse than expected for patient survival rates. 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. Click on the hospital name to see full reports where outpatient charges are shown for some procedures (2019 prices along with number of cases), efficiency (including average charge per admission, before and after discounts, all patients – not just cardiac), 2020 financial results, charity care, 2020 hospital service line numbers, and patient satisfaction levels (20120-21) are shown. Add at least 8.2% to 2019 prices to adjust for medical inflation costs to 2022. Prepared by Virginia Health Information (VHI), an organization recognized as the source for health data reporting in Virginia. Updated February 2022.

WA Hospital Ratings – Cardiac Surgery 2021

Washington hospital ratings for cardiac surgery in 2021. Compare about 35 hospitals in WA on PCI – percutaneous coronary interventions (reopening clogged arteries), and cardiovascular care measures such as readmissions and door-to-balloon time. Shows volume of PCI, Emergency CABG surgeries, and how hospitals did on the patient survival measures (mortality).  It shows observed mortality compared to expected mortality. Valve measures appear to have been discontinued. The site may be difficult for consumers to easily understand.  Best if you raise your questions to your medical professionals. Site by COAP – Cardiac Care Outcomes Assessment Program, from the non-profit Foundation for Healthcare Quality, 2022.

New York – Cardiac Surgery Ratings (Pediatric)

New York hospital ratings for pediatric cardiac surgery. Compare survival rates among 10 NY hospitals during a 4-year period, 2014-2017. Includes mortality rate info at each hospital. NYU Hospitals Center was noted as best performer (lowest risk adjusted mortality). Montefiore-Moses (Bronx) was the worst performer. Other hospitals performed as expected for Pediatric Congenital Cardiac Surgery. 20-page report published May 2021. No updates as of October 2022.

Pennsylvania Cardiac Surgery, by hospital 2022

Pennsylvania Cardiac Procedures report shows hospital ratings and average cost (average charge) for four cardiac surgery groups. They include Cardiac (heart) Bypass surgery (CABG); PCI for a heart attack; PCI without a heart attack, and TAVR – Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. Two-year period 2019 to 2020. Compare hospital ratings on Risk-adjusted Mortality (survival) rate and readmissions, surgery volume, and average charges (price).  PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Interventsion) for a Heart Attack had a statewide mortality rate of just 1.7%. Survival rates for CABG were also high (1.5% mortality) in 2019-2020. Average charge for a TAVR procedure was $232,000. Patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis were NOT included in the report. Report by PHC4, the PA Health Care Cost Containment Council, September 2022. Older reports provide outcomes and performance ratings, as well as case volume by cardiac surgeon name.

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New Jersey – Open Heart Surgery Volume by Hospital Name 2020

Two-page Cardiac Data Registry table shows the number of open heart surgeries at each New Jersey hospital in 2020 and 2021. Scroll to Data Charts. Open heart surgery, diagnostic cardiac catheterization cases, PCI, total volume was almost 85,000 cases at 53 hospitals in 2020. This was down 22% from 2019, likely due to the pandemic. Morristown Memorial Hospital had the largest number of cardiac cases (over 8,000) in the state in 2020. Updated quarterly in 2022 by NJ Dept. of Health.

New York: Heart Disease Reports (various)

Find various reports on heart disease in New York. Additional cardiac and cardiovascular data and statistics can be accessed here. Published by the NY state Department of Health.

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