CA hospitals mortality rate data available

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

January 28, 2009

California has published a study ranking hospitals based on their mortality rates, reports The Los Angeles Times. The study, which uses inpatient quality indicators from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, reviews mortality rates for eight common conditions and procedures in CA hospitals in 2006 and 2007. The results show that in 2007, 25 hospitals had death rates significantly better than most hospitals for at least one indicator, but 94 were significantly worse on at least one indicator. Some hospitals criticized the study, saying the data do not accurately reflect mortality rates.

The public can use the information collected around these quality indicators by visiting the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development's Web site. The eight quality indicators around which data were collected are the following (the first five are indicators that relate to death of inpatients after surgery, the next three are indicators that relate to inpatient death following treatment for a medical condition):

  • Pancreatic Resection
  • Craniotomy
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty
  • Acute Stroke
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage
  • Hip Fracture

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