Mortality rates, admission rates, and other aspects of hospital performance are the subject of a new report by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Commission.
The report presents information on hospital volume and outcomes for 17 different medical conditions and surgical procedures from October 2017 through September 2018. It also compares hospital performance over the five-year period from 2013 through 2018 on an aggregate state-wide basis and for individual hospitals.
Overall, the report found decreases in hospital mortality for most of the 17 conditions, with respiratory failure, sepsis, colorectal procedures, and intestinal obstructions experiencing the biggest decreases (by percentage). Hospital admissions for chest pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pneumonia experienced the biggest declines while admissions for respiratory failure and sepsis experienced significant increases (in numbers).
For state-wide and hospital-specific data on hospital performance on 17 medical conditions and procedures, see the new PHC4 documents that together constitute its Hospital Performance Report 2018.