Cardiac Surgery in Pennsylvania (Data: 2011-2012) - News Release

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Harrisburg, PA - November 6, 2013 - Statewide mortality rates for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery and the rate of readmission within 30 days continued to decline in 2012, according to the Cardiac Surgery in Pennsylvania report released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).

“The report underscores the dedication of Pennsylvania’s heart surgeons and hospitals to the healthy outcomes of their patients. Pennsylvania’s model public reporting program continues to help drive quality up,” said Joe Martin, executive director of PHC4.

The new PHC4 report presents outcomes for the 20,164 patients who underwent CABG surgery and/or heart valve surgery in the 59 Pennsylvania general acute care hospitals that performed the procedures between July 1, 2011, and December 31, 2012.

PHC4’s report displays risk-adjusted outcomes that can be used, in part, to evaluate both hospital and surgeon performance. Reported measures include risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality ratings and 30-day readmission ratings.

The new PHC4 report also covers average hospital charges and average Medicare fee-for-service payments.

Key findings of the report are:

While the new PHC4 report covers the 18-month period from July 1, 2011, to December 31, 2012, numbers used in the Key Findings are for calendar year 2012 only to facilitate comparisons with other calendar years.

Other Findings:

PHC4 is an independent state agency charged with collecting, analyzing and reporting information that can be used to improve the quality and restrain the cost of health care in Pennsylvania. Copies of Cardiac Surgery in Pennsylvania are free and available from PHC4’s website at