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Oregon Fixes Incorrect Mortality Data on Hospital Quality Site

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The Oregonian reports an error by state officials incorrectly singled out three Oregon hospitals as having higher-than-average death rates among patients undergoing bilateral heart catheterization.

The data were corrected last week, leaving nine hospitals performing worse than expected. No hospitals were found to have better than expected survival rates.

For the past three years, the health policy office has reported hospital quality measures, including death rates for selected procedures, on a state-run Web site: