Bellin lauded for cardiac procedure readmission rates

GREEN BAY — When patients are discharged from the hospital following a cardiac procedure, the goal is for them to be on the path to recovery, not to make a return trip to the hospital. A recent study examined how many patients end up being readmitted to hospitals after discharge following an angioplasty, one of the most common cardiac procedures.

Bellin Hospital received high marks in the study, an indication of high quality and helping patients to avoid unnecessary health care costs. The hospital’s readmission rates were better than the national average, according to data released on Medicare’s Hospital Compare website and highlighted by a pilot program.

Bellin is one of more than 300 hospitals that participated in the CathPCI Registry voluntary public reporting pilot program, a partnership with the American College of Cardiology, Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation/Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The Green Bay-based health system’s readmission rates following an angioplasty were found to be better than the CathPCI Registry rate.

“This is good news for the people in our region,” said Andrea Werner, vice president, Bellin Heart, Lung & Vascular Services. “Our emphasis on quality improvement and delivering a superior patient experience, while helping patients to control health care costs, is paying dividends, as evidenced in the study’s results.”

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is one of the most common cardiac procedures in the United States, with more than 600,000 performed each year. The procedure opens narrowed or blocked arteries supplying blood to the heart. It can improve quality of life and survival. However, one in seven patients who undergoes the procedure is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. Unplanned readmissions may reflect the quality of care that hospitals provide to patients during their hospital stay.

The PCI readmission measure assesses whether a hospital’s PCI readmission rates are better, worse, or as expected when compared to the overall National Cardiovascular Data Registry CathPCI Registry rate.

The measure was developed using Medicare administrative claims and clinical data from the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry CathPCI Registry. Measure results were based on unplanned readmissions occurring within 30 days of discharge after a PCI procedure. Each eligible hospital was assigned to one of three categories:
•    Better than NCDR CathPCI Registry rate
•    No different than CathPCI Registry rate
•    Worse than CathPCI Registry rate

“This measure is extremely valuable for patients in that they are, for the first time, getting easy access to information on how their local hospital is performing in terms of readmissions after these procedures,” said Dr. John G. Harold, president of the American College of Cardiology. “Bellin Hospital should be commended for its commitment to submitting and evaluating its own data to make sure all patients receive the best possible care and for agreeing to publicly report this information.”

For more information on the PCI readmission measure and patient heart-wise health care tips to avoid a return to the hospital, visit To se.e results for Bellin Hospital along with data for other participating hospitals, visit