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Too much care in Elyria: Part II

Joe Paduda of Managed Care Matters did some research and found that a cardiology department in Elyria, Ohio received an award for quality (“Quality means exactly what?“).  Why is this significant?  As I noted on Saturday, this same department performed four times as many angioplasties as the rest of the country.  Mr. Paduda sums up the problems with quality measurement well:

“…the center had “the lowest complication rate”. That could be because the cardiologists are really great. Or it could be because they perform a lot of procedures on low risk patients , patients that are likely to require relatively short lengths of stay and experience low complication rates.”