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Research Letter
March 4, 2020

Relevance of Cardiac Surgery Outcome Reporting 3 Years Later in a New York and California Statewide Analysis

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Cardiac Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 3Division of Cardiac Surgery, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • 4Center for Quality and Safety, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • 5Section of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 6Section of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Virginia Medical Center, West Haven, Connecticut
  • 7Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 8Department of Health Policy and Management, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Surg. Published online March 4, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.6367

Statewide cardiac surgery outcome reporting is intended to inform patient and clinician decisions. However, on the day of their release, they often are reporting performances from several years prior.1,2 Past performance may inform quality,3-5 and shorter time lag improves the relevance of the report,4 but publication continues to lag by several years. We used California and New York data to compare what was reported at the time of public report card release with the contemporary performance at that time (based on subsequent public reports).

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