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HealthGrades sees hospital mortality rates fall
Modern Healthcare

Hospital mortality rates are dropping, but wide gaps in quality persist from one facility to another, according to an analysis of healthcare quality from Denver-based HealthGrades.

From 2008 to 2010, in-hospital mortality rates improved 13% across 18 measures and procedures, HealthGrades said in its 14th annual report. The authors rated nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals using data on 27 procedures and diagnoses, such as heart bypass surgery, sepsis, stroke and total knee replacement. As in past years, HealthGrades found that hospital care varies significantly.