Thursday, August 21, 2008

CMS-Mandated Mortality Data: Whoop Dee Do

I wonder how much money was spent to collect, collate, process and puree the hosptial mortality rates of heart attacks, pneumonia and heart failure in our nation's hospitals, and plotting these data nice little graphs on a website?

I looked at data from most of the hospitals near our facility and was not surprised to find that there was really no big difference in mortality between centers.

So I guess what this data tells us is this: all hospitals are pretty good at collecting data. Whoop dee do.

Now, can we get back to treating patients?