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New PHC4 Report Finds PA Specialty Hospitals for Children Continue to Meet High-Quality Performance Standards

June 14, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its report on pediatric and congenital heart surgery, finding that Pennsylvania specialty hospitals for children continue to meet high-quality performance standards.

The report analyzed mortality data on pediatric and congenital heart surgeries on ten benchmark procedures at five Pennsylvania children’s hospitals and one Delaware children’s hospital. PHC4 found that across those performance measures, childrens’ hospitals operative mortality rate was not significantly different from expected.

This report combines mortality data from 2012–2015, looking at more than 6,900 pediatric and congenital heart surgeries. The quality measures analyzed in this report are all complex heart surgeries that may save a child’s life. It is very important that patients and their families engage their health care professionals to understand findings of clinical quality reports.

PA hospitals continue their efforts in providing high quality services, timely services for citizens in critical need. The six hospitals participating in this report represent important medical services for children in need. The hospital community supports public reporting of health care quality measures.

For more information about the report, please contact Phillip M. Burrell, director, health market research.

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