The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study uses 2016 and 2017 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2017 Medicare cost reports (2016 if 2017 reports were not available) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare published in the second quarter of 2018. Hospitals were scored in key value-based performance areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, and severity-adjusted average length of stay, among other areas.
Rhode Island Hospital is among the nation’s top cardiovascular programs, according to IBM Watson HealthTM. The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ study is now in its 20th year. This is the fifth time Rhode Island Hospital has been recognized with this honor, one of only three hospitals in New England to earn the distinction this year, and the only one in the state.