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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Mori M, Shahian DM, Suter LG, Geirsson A, Lin Z, Krumholz HM. Relevance of Cardiac Surgery Outcome Reporting 3 Years Later in a New York and California Statewide Analysis. JAMA Surg. Published online March 04, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.6367
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