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DHS news release

Jan. 24, 2008

Contact: Sean Kolmer, Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research, 503-798-2208

Correction: Bilateral cardiac catheterization hospital quality indicator incorrectly reported as mortality rate

Salem -- The inpatient quality indicator for bilateral cardiac catheterization (IQI 25) was initially reported on the state Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research quality Web site as a mortality or death rate, which is incorrect. The indicator is a rate of utilization or use and not a measure of mortality. The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality views this indicator as a measure of quality because research strongly suggests that lower utilization represents higher quality.

Three Oregon hospitals were incorrectly reported in the 2006 Hospital Inpatient Quality Indicators as having "worse than average" mortality rates associated with this quality indicator. The rates reflect utilization or use rates and not death rates. All information relating to this quality indicator has been removed from the Web site.

The Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research released the 2006 Hospital Quality Indicators, which is the state's third annual Web-based report on volume and death rates in Oregon hospitals for selected procedures and medical conditions.

The data appear on the State of Oregon ​Web site.

The report, which is a joint effort of the Office for Health Policy and Research and the Oregon Health Policy Commission, compares data gathered on 13 procedures and conditions, including stroke, hip fracture, and pneumonia and heart bypass surgery. The comparisons focus on in-hospital volumes and death rates for certain conditions and inpatient procedures.

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