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PHC4 Releases 2019 Report on Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) has released a report on pediatric and congenital heart surgery that shows results for the five children’s hospitals in Pennsylvania and one in Delaware. The 2019 report, the third issued by PHC4 since 2015, covers the years 2014 through 2017, reflecting the most recent data available to PHC4. The report represents one of a few efforts at statewide public reporting on pediatric cardiac surgery outcomes. Affecting nearly one out of every 100 infants in the United States, congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect and the leading cause of deaths related to birth defects.

The report – Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery – provides volume and risk-adjusted operative mortality data on pediatric and congenital heart surgeries performed in six children’s hospitals that volunteered to have their data publicly reported. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) provided the data published in this report to PHC4. The children’s hospitals included in this report currently participate in the STS data registry.

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