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Consumer Reports: hospital ratings

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(WMC-TV) - Consumer Reports just rated almost 2,500 hospitals for common surgical procedures.

Researchers analyzed three years of Medicare billing records with the help of the health care consulting firm MPA. The analysis covered 27 kinds of common surgeries, including hip and knee replacements, back surgery and surgery to clear blocked arteries.

Consumer Reports rated hospitals based on the percentage of Medicare patients undergoing surgery who died or were hospitalized longer than expected. Both are indicators of complications. 

The magazine's medical experts hope its ratings will motivate hospitals to set high standards and empower patients.

Dr. John Santa, Consumer Reports' medical advisor, said, "We know the ratings aren't a perfect measurement, but we think they're an important first step in giving patients the information they need to make an informed choice." 

Link to the magazine's hospital ratings here.

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