Hospital Performance Report 2011 - News Release

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Harrisburg, PA - December 18, 2012 - In-hospital mortality rates decreased significantly statewide between 2007 and 2011 for four of the 12 conditions included in the latest Hospital Performance Report, released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). The sharpest decline was for Pneumonia-Aspiration, where the mortality rate dropped from 10.0% to 7.7%.

Colorectal Procedures (3.2% to 2.6%), Kidney and Urinary Tract Infections (1.0% to 0.6%), and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (1.0% to 0.8%) also showed significant declines in mortality rate between 2007 and 2011. No significant change occurred for the other eight conditions.

The findings are contained in the Hospital Performance Report for 2011, which resumed publication after a brief absence. PHC4 had released similar reports on hospital performance from the early 1990s until 2009. The council did not issue a 2010 report while it redesigned its risk-adjustment system, which takes into account the severity of patient illness when considering the effectiveness of individual hospitals’ treatment. The redesign was necessitated by the statute that reauthorized the agency in 2009.

“The Hospital Performance Report has been one of PHC4’s most popular publications, one that patients and professionals in health care related fields found extremely useful. We are pleased that we can once again provide this report to the people of Pennsylvania,” said Joe Martin, PHC4 executive director.

The report evaluates hospitals on 12 medical conditions and surgical procedures for which new risk-adjustment processes are complete. It contains hospital-specific information about volume of cases, mortality, readmissions, and charges for patients admitted to 157 hospitals in the state. PHC4 plans to expand the number of conditions and measures in future annual reports.

Readmission rates showed a statistically significant decrease statewide from 2007 to 2011 for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (from 23.5% to 22.1%) and Congestive Heart Failure (from 26.9% to 25.6%), but a significant increase for Chest Pain (from 10.9% to 12.9%). The other conditions and procedures showed no significant change.

Among the other findings:

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council 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 the Hospital Performance Report are free and available on the Council’s website at