Nearly 300 hospitals in New York have been rated on the quality of their care in 25 inpatient procedures, including C-sections, heart bypass surgeries and hip replacements, by the Alliance for Quality Health Care, an organization sponsored by 3,600 employers and 31 insurance companies. The report contains hospital-specific, risk-adjusted outcomes data for 2001 and is available online at www.myHealthFinder.com. Hospitals received up to three stars for their performance in each procedure based on a comparison of their performance with the statewide average for the procedure; hospitals were not rated on overall quality. The Greater New York Hospital Association said the study joins a burgeoning collection of employer-sponsored quality report cards and standards. "As long as consumers understand there are limitations to the data, and there are a lot of (such reports) out there and none of them should be used as a definitive source, consumers can use this to begin to ask questions," a GNYHA spokeswoman said. -- by Cinda Becker
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