Published on July 31, 2013

Genesis Cardiac Catheterization Readmission Rates Among The Best In Country

Genesis Medical Center, Davenport has readmission rates following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) that are among the best for heart programs reporting to the CathPCI registry.

The data was released recently by Medicare’s Hospital Compare website.

Of the more than 300 hospitals participating in this voluntary hospital public reporting pilot program, only 13, including Genesis Medical Center, were determined to have readmission rates better than the national average.

“We strongly believe in the importance of voluntary reporting of our excellent outcomes,’’ said Jon Robken, M.D., medical director of the cardiac catheterization program at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and a cardiologist with Cardiovascular Medicine, P.C., Davenport. “Readmission rates are a tool available to patients about the patient safety and patient outcomes within a program.

“We’re proud of outcomes at Genesis. It takes a team approach to provide the care for each patient so this recognition is also a recognition of everyone involved.’’

PCI, also known as stenting or coronary angioplasty, is one of the most common cardiac procedures in the United States, with over 600,000 performed each year. The procedure is used to open narrowed or blocked arteries supplying blood to the heart. In appropriate patients, PCI can improve quality of life and survival. However, one in seven patients who undergoes the procedure is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.  Unplanned readmissions may reflect the quality of care that hospitals provide to patients during their hospital stay.

The PCI readmission measure assesses whether a hospital’s PCI readmission rates are better, worse, or as expected when compared to the overall National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR®) CathPCI Registry® rate. Measure results are now available on Medicare’s Hospital Compare website in an easy-to-read, searchable format. A quarter of hospitals participating in the NCDR’s CathPCI Registry® chose to publicly report their PCI readmission results.

“To be one of the 13 of 300 participating with readmission rates better than the national average is very good company,’’ said Dr. Edmund Coyne, M.D., president of Cardiovascular Medicine, P.C. and board chairman of the Genesis Heart Institute. “The goal is always to get it right the first time to avoid readmissions that aren’t good for the patient and aren’t cost effective.

“We participated because we wanted to know how we stood. This is a strong message for patients about the program here at Genesis.’’

The PCI readmission measure was developed using Medicare administrative claims and clinical data from the ACC’s NCDR CathPCI Registry. Measure results were based on unplanned readmissions occurring within 30 days of discharge after a PCI procedure. 

Each eligible hospital was assigned to one of three categories:

  • Better than NCDR CathPCI Registry® rate
  • No different than CathPCI Registry® rate
  • Worse than CathPCI Registry® rate

“This measure is extremely valuable for patients in that they are, for the first time, getting easy access to information on how their local hospital is performing in terms of readmissions after these procedures,” said ACC President John G. Harold, MD, MACC. “Genesis Medical Center should be commended for its commitment to submitting and evaluating its own data to make sure all patients receive the best possible care and for agreeing to publicly report this information.”

For more information on the PCI readmission measure and patient heart-wise health care tips to avoid a return to the hospital, visit www.cardiosmart.org/myhospital. To see results for Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, along with data for other participating hospitals, visit www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare. To learn more about the Genesis cardiac care program, visit www.genesishealth.com/heart.

The mission of the American College of Cardiology is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The College is a 43,000-member medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines.

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