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Study: Top cardiology hospitals have lower mortality rates

A study in JAMA Cardiology found 30-day mortality rates were lower for patients treated for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and coronary artery bypass grafting at the top 50 US hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery compared with hospitals that were not ranked. Top-ranked hospitals did not have better 30-day readmission rates, however, which researchers noted highlights ongoing questions about whether readmission rates are a good metric for quality of care, especially for cardiovascular conditions.

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