Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council http://wesa.fm en Mortality Rate Down for Open Heart Surgery Patients in PA http://wesa.fm/post/mortality-rate-down-open-heart-surgery-patients-pa <p>The mortality and re-admission rates for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery and valve replacement continue to decline in Pennsylvania.</p><p>The new report by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) studied 20,164 patients who underwent bypass and/or valve replacement surgery in 50 Pennsylvania acute care hospitals between July 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2012.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:58:35 +0000 Kevin Gavin 19369 at http://wesa.fm More Ambulatory Surgery Centers in PA Means More Options for Patients http://wesa.fm/post/more-ambulatory-surgery-centers-pa-means-more-options-patients <p>The number of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in Pennsylvania increased by 10 in 2012, bringing the total to 281. That’s according to an annual report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, or the PHC4.</p><p>An ASC is a facility that offers outpatient procedures that don’t require an overnight stay, such as a colonoscopy or endoscopy.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 18:47:28 +0000 Deanna Garcia 19252 at http://wesa.fm Hospital Income Slips in PA, But Most Are in the Black http://wesa.fm/post/hospital-income-slips-pa-most-are-black <p>The average hospital in Pennsylvania made money in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012, but not as much as they did the year before and not enough to make the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) confident about the future.</p><p>The PHC4 released its annual study Wednesday, which found the 171 General Acute Care hospitals in the state realized on average a 5.82 percent operating margin in 2011-2012. That was down from 7.04 percent the year before but above the industry benchmark of 4 percent for a healthy hospital.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 10:22:13 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 9556 at http://wesa.fm