Study: Mortality Rates at Hospitals Linked to Public Performance Reporting

Hospital performance for publicly reported conditions such as heart attack, congestive heat failure and pneumonia, could predict overall hospital performance, according to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health.


The study, published yesterday in JAMA Internal Medicine, used Medicare data from 6.7 million hospitalizations across 2,322 hospitals.

Findings indicated that mortality rates for the three publically reported conditions predicted overall medical and surgical mortality, though the correlation was weaker for larger hospitals and teaching hospitals.


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