Published on January 28, 2020

Watson Health top 50 cardiovascular hospitalsNMMC Named Among 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals Nationwide

North Mississippi Medical Center has been included in the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ annual study by IBM Watson Health™, which identifies top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services based on a balanced national scorecard of hospital performance metrics.

The 2020 study included 989 U.S. hospitals with cardiovascular service lines. Based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar hospitals in the study, the winners delivered better outcomes while operating more efficiently and at a lower cost. Extrapolating the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • More than 11,000 additional lives could be saved;
  • More than 2,800 additional heart patients could be complication-free; and
  • Over $1.5 billion could be saved.

“By finding ways to continuously improve and innovate, the winners of our 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study are identifying opportunities to deliver healthcare value to patients, communities, and payers,” said Ekta Punwani, MHA, 100 Top Hospitals® program leader at IBM Watson Health. “The top performing hospitals demonstrated better clinical care and were more efficient than their peers at delivering this care.”

Key performance benchmarks set by this year’s Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals include:

  • Significantly Higher Inpatient Survival: Winning hospitals had significantly higher inpatient survival rates (28.7% to 47.4% higher).
  • Fewer Complications: The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals achieved 6.3 to 27.7 percent fewer patients with complications.
  • Lower Cost: $1,485 to $6,704 less in total costs per patient case (the smallest difference was for HF, and the largest was for CABG).
  • Lower Average 30-day Episode of Care Payments for AMI and HF ($1,323 and $706 less per episode, respectively).

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