This large cohort of hospitals found that those with lower publicly reported mortality (of CHF, AMI, pneumonia) were much more likely to have lower mortality of other medical – surgical conditions. This implies that those publicly reported mortality measures are a good proxy for other conditions in mortality (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.