July 30, 1989 |
Two Abington Township hospitals have been recognized as being among 100 hospitals nationwide with the lowest mortality rates for patients older than 65. Abington Memorial Hospital, with 460 beds, and the 254-bed Holy Redeemer Hospital, located about a mile apart, were among 11 Pennsylvania hospitals on the list. The list was compiled by a Chicago-based independent health-care-consulting firm, Michael Pine Associates Inc., which used data from the federal Health Care Finance Administration (HCFA)
March 23, 1986
It is a rare thing when an agency of the federal government takes action on a controversial issue and manages to provide a clear public service. Recently the Health Care Financing Administration released a report on the mortality rates of Medicare patients receiving treatment or surgery for nine common procedures: congestive heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, gallbladder, prostate, pacemaker implant, coronary bypass, gastrointestinal hemorrhage and major joint procedures. This information gives the public for the first time an understanding of a basic difference in the ability of specific hospitals to provide particular treatments.
December 28, 2001
Philadelphia is indeed fortunate to have one of the nation's premier medical centers. For its medical expertise, its advanced research, and its high teaching standards, the 700-bed Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania consistently ranks among the top hospitals and academic medical institutions in the United States. (The influential U.S. News and World Report's "best hospitals" listing ranked HUP number 10 in 2000 and number 14 this year.) It is especially disquieting, then, to learn that HUP fared badly in the latest statewide hospital assessment by the independent Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.
July 29, 1999 |
A new state report that compares hospital performance on 15 common medical problems concludes that most institutions in this region are providing "good to excellent care," said Joe Martin, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, which produced the report. The report, which is based on 1997 data, compares the hospitals on volume, mortality rates, how long patients stayed in the hospital and how much the hospitals charged for care. Categories include heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and hip operations.
December 19, 2001 |
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, one of the region's premier academic medical centers, had higher-than-expected death rates in five of 22 categories of medical care examined in a state report released today. That was the worst performance of any hospital in the state. The report, compiled by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, an independent state agency, examined care provided in 2000. Last year was a period of upheaval for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, to which HUP belongs.
December 17, 1999 |
Death rates at Southeastern Pennsylvania hospitals were at expected levels last year, but charges were higher than the statewide average for 15 medical treatments and procedures, according to a report being released today by an independent state agency. The hospital performance report, issued by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, found that mortality rates at 53 area hospitals dropped for eight conditions it studied, but rose for seven others. The hospitals' overall mortality rate for the 15 conditions was unchanged from a year earlier at 7.5 percent.
January 30, 2016 |
Don't blame suicide and substance abuse entirely for rising death rates among middle-aged white Americans, asserts a new study out Friday. They're both factors, but the bigger culprit is almost two decades of stalled progress in fighting leading causes of death - such as heart disease, diabetes and respiratory disease - according to a Commonwealth Fund analysis of data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fund studied actual and expected death rates, and causes of death, for working-age adults from 1968 through 2014.
December 17, 1999 |
Two Philadelphia hospitals are among 14 in the state that had higher than expected death rates for certain medical procedures for two years in a row, according to a state agency. The Health Care Cost Containment Council said Temple University Hospital had a higher than expected mortality rate for vessel surgery involving the aorta and other major arteries and veins surrounding the heart, in both 1997 and 1998. Episcopal Hospital had higher than expected death rates for stroke and major intestinal procedures, according to the council's latest report, on 1998 data, which was to be issued today.
March 16, 1986 |
Consider these numbers. In 1984, 50 Medicare patients underwent coronary bypass surgery at the hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Of that number, 20 percent died, according to federal hospital mortality records released last week. The same year, 448 Medicare patients underwent bypass surgery at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. According to those same records, 1.8 percent died. How is it that two major teaching hospitals, each prestigious in its own right, have such vastly different track records performing bypass surgery?