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Report finds mortality rates declining at Pennsylvania hospitals

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Mortality rates at hospitals across the state are declining, according to the recently released annual report of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, reports The Valley Independent

The voluminous report is based on 31 common medical procedures and treatments from Oct. 1, 2006, through Sept. 30, 2007. The report indicated that, overall, state hospitals experienced a decline in death rates over a four-year period, finding that mortality rate for conditions reported in 2004 through 2007 “decreased significantly” – from 4.6 percent in 2004 to 4.2 percent in 2007.

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