The Texas Department of State Health Services pulled its annual hospital quality report from the department's Web site, citing a computer error that may have elevated some hospitals' reported mortality rates. The fifth annual report was posted Sept. 13 and included hospital-specific performance data for 26 conditions and surgical procedures at more than 380 Texas hospitals in 2003. The state computer system did not recognize codes for patient transfers to long-term-care facilities and rehabilitation centers, resulting in understated discharge totals for several conditions, particularly hip replacement and stroke, said Starr West, director of healthcare quality at the Texas Hospital Association. The codes affected 2.5% of discharges, said Sylvia Cook, a spokeswoman for the health services department. Officials hope to repost unaffected data within a week but will not repost the corrected data until the 2004 report is published, Cook said. -- by Andis Robeznieks
Error leads Texas to remove quality report from Web
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