Consumer Reports Compares Surgical Outcomes

Consumer Reports has ranked Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk , Virginia, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth, and Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News in the top ten in Virginia in a surgical outcomes comparison with nearly 2,500 hospitals nationally. Ratings are based on Medicare claims data from 2009 through 2011 for patients undergoing 27 categories of common scheduled surgeries.

According to Consumer Reports, the study compared how hospitals nationwide avoid adverse events in Medicare patients during their hospital stay for surgery. The ratings are based on the percentage of a hospital’s surgery patients who died in the hospital or stayed longer than expected for their procedure. Research shows those measures are associated with complications, and some hospitals use this approach to monitor quality.

Consumer Reports analyzed billing claims and clinical records data to compile information for the analysis. For each hospital, the results for all procedures were combined into an overall surgery rating. The rates were risk-adjusted based on patient characteristics, such as age, gender, and other health conditions, including high blood  pressure and diabetes. Complications that became apparent after patients were discharged from the hospital were excluded from the ratings.

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