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September 10, 2003

Racial Disparities in Care of Heart Failure—Reply

JAMA. 2003;290(10):1316. doi:10.1001/jama.290.10.1316-a

To the Editor: Mr Rathore and colleagues1 found that black Medicare patients hospitalized with heart failure had similar quality of care as white patients and also had lower 1-year mortality rates. The authors concluded that "concerns about racial differences in quality of cardiovascular care are not an issue for Medicare patients with heart failure." This conclusion seems to be an overgeneralization of the authors' analysis.