A report in the September issue of Consumer Reports is taking a look at how nearly 2,500 hospitals in the United States rank when it comes to patient success after surgery.
Based on nearly three years of Medicare billing claims, Consumer Reports looked at how patients fared after 27 kinds of common procedures, including hip and knee replacement, back surgery and surgery to clear blocked arteries.
Ratings were based on the percentage of Medicare patients who died or were hospitalized longer than expected. Also factored were re-admission rates as well as medical conditions, such as blood infections.
In North Carolina, Mission Hospital in Asheville scored the highest overall safety score – 70 out of 100. …