Do hospitals with low mortality rates in coronary artery bypass also perform well in valve replacement?

@article{Goodney2003DoHW,
  title={Do hospitals with low mortality rates in coronary artery bypass also perform well in valve replacement?},
  author={Philip P. Goodney and Gerald T O'connor and David E. Wennberg and John D. Birkmeyer},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2003},
  volume={76 4},
  pages={1131-6; discussion 1136-7}
}
BACKGROUND While hospital performance in coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is reported widely, patients may find it difficult to learn about their hospital's performance in heart valve replacement. We sought to determine if a hospital's performance in CABG is correlated to its performance in heart valve replacement. METHODS We studied operative mortality after CABG, aortic valve replacement (AVR), and mitral valve replacement (MVR) using the 1994 to 1999 national Medicare database… CONTINUE READING