Clinical outcomes data for coronary-artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures at 221 US cardiac surgery programmes are now available to consumers.
Published by Consumers Union, the report includes a three-star rating system that is based on risk-adjusted CABG surgery outcomes data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Adult Cardiac Surgery Database. More than 90% of the 1100 US heart surgery programmes participate in this registry, which began in 1989.
In addition, participating hospitals are given zero-to-100-point scores for 30-day survival, complications, use of appropriate medications, and surgical technique.
While the report offers greater healthcare transparency and accountability, Ferris and Torchiana have pointed out a number of limitations1:
- Potential for selection bias—the 221 programs that have volunteered to have their results published represent only about 20% of those in the US
- Lack of long-term outcomes
- Lack of physician-specific ratings
The ratings are available in the October issue of Consumer Reports and online at the Consumer Reports Health website.