In a first-of-its kind bid to make clinical quality performance data available to the public, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons partnered with Consumer Reports in September to rate 221 cardiac surgical groups in 42 states.
The groups are graded on a one- to three-star scale on their performance in providing coronary-artery bypass grafting procedures. The ratings are included in the October issue of the magazine and are available to subscribers at the Consumer Reports website.
The risk-adjusted metrics, developed by the society, gauge patients’ 30-day mortality, complication rates, whether patients receive recommended medications and whether they get at least one optimal surgical graft. The ratings are based on group performance, because grading individual surgeons would be statistically invalid, society leaders said.
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