We’ve released our annual study identifying the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services. The study, now in its fourteenth year, singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes.
The study shows that cardiovascular outcomes are improving nationwide. Across all
hospitals, 96 percent of cardiovascular inpatients survive and remain complication-free. Among the 50 Top Hospitals, performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by: U.S.
- Better risk-adjusted survival rates (41 percent fewer deaths than expected, compared with 9 percent fewer than expected at peer hospitals, for bypass surgery patients).
- Lower complications indices (35 percent lower rate of heart failure complications than peers).
- Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.
- Shorter hospital stays. The typical winning hospital released its bypass patients a full day sooner, and their heart attack and heart failure patients about three-quarters of a day sooner than their peers.
- Lower costs. Top hospitals spent $3,500 less per bypass case and $1,000 less per angioplasty than non-winners.
The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, non-federal
hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. U.S.
Our researchers analyzed 2010 and 2011 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2010 Medicare cost reports, and 2012 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. Hospitals were scored in key performance areas: risk-adjusted 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, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.
The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals were classified into three comparison groups. To view the full list, click here.