The designation of centers of excellence (COE) hospitals has been proposed as a way of constructing networks that deliver high-quality care and is already affecting physician and hospital choice for some patients.1 Previous studies of COE programs have been limited to surgical procedures and have had mixed results.2 We analyzed the association between patient outcomes and characteristics of hospitals performing percutaneous interventions (PCIs) in New York State (NYS) and COE programs by 3 commercial payers: Institutes of Quality for cardiac medical interventions by Aetna Inc, Centers of Excellence for cardiac catheterization and angioplasty by Cigna, and Blue Distinction Centers for cardiac care by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).
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Khatana SAM, Nathan AS, Dayoub EJ, Giri J, Groeneveld PW. Centers of Excellence Designations, Clinical Outcomes, and Characteristics of Hospitals Performing Percutaneous Coronary Interventions. JAMA Intern Med. Published online May 20, 2019179(8):1138–1140. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.0567
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