Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: We appreciate clarifications by Dr Stensland and colleagues regarding the MedPAC report from August 2006. We agree that findings from that report and our study are largely consistent despite some methodological differences. And indeed, our comment that results “differ somewhat” between the 2 studies was primarily based on a mixed statistical association between the opening of cardiac hospitals and percutaneous coronary intervention rates found in that report.
Nallamothu BK, Birkmeyer JD. Specialty Cardiac Hospitals and Coronary Revascularization Rates—Reply. JAMA. 2007;297(24):2696. doi:10.1001/jama.297.24.2696-b