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J Invasive Cardiol. 1999 Mar;11(3):111-5.

The impact of outcomes data reporting on access to health care of high-risk patients to interventional cardiologists in the United States.

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  • 1Department of Cardiology, Scott and White Clinic and Memorial Hospital, Scott, Sherwood and Brindley Foundation, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, College of Medicine, Temple, TX 76508, USA.



Pressure is increasingly being placed on medical sub-specialists to lower procedural costs while improving overall outcomes. Outcomes data reporting has been utilized in an attempt to improve procedural results; however, some negative aspects of this type of reporting have emerged.


We surveyed 5,229 interventional cardiologists practicing in the United States regarding the effect of outcomes data reporting on their approach to high-risk patients who required interventional procedures. The results were analyzed one month after mailing the survey.


One thousand, four hundred and forty-four cardiologists responded to the survey. Ninety-three percent of the respondents indicated that outcomes data reporting would have some effect on their approach to high-risk patients. Only 7% said outcomes reporting would have no effect on their willingness to perform interventions on high-risk patients. The majority of respondents performed between 51 and 100 interventions per year; those who performed more than 500 interventions per year reported that they would be less affected if outcomes data were reported from their results.


Our survey indicates that outcomes data reporting would have a significant effect on the willingness of cardiologists to perform procedures on high-risk patients; this effect may limit access to needed care for this high-risk population.

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