An article in the May 23/2019 LNP – Always Lancaster states:
“Before scheduling surgery, experts say, it’s a good idea for patients to see how often the procedure is done at the hospitals they’re considering.
“Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council issues an annual report to make that process easy for cancer patients, and the latest version came out today, for July 2017 through June 2018.”
The report released Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council “provides information about the number of cancer-related surgeries performed at Pennsylvania hospitals. Hospital surgical volume is reported for 11 types of cancers including bladder, brain, breast, colon, esophageal, liver, lung, pancreatic, prostate, rectal, and stomach cancer. This information can be helpful to cancer patients, their families, and others when making decisions about cancer surgical care in Pennsylvania.”
At its Website, this question asks: Why is hospital surgical volume important? And according to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, “There is strong evidence in the scientific literature that links hospital surgical volume and patient outcomes for the cancer surgeries included in this report. In other words, patients requiring one of these 11 surgeries are likely to have better results if their surgery is performed at a higher volume hospital. Lower volume hospitals are more likely to have worse outcomes, such as more deaths. While in general the volume of cases reflects the degree of experience a hospital has with performing each type of surgery, volume data should not be used in isolation when making conclusions about hospital quality since many other factors such as patient level of sickness (stage of cancer) or surgeon experience may also contribute to the overall outcome.”
Click here to see the report, Number of Cancer Surgeries Performed in Pennsylvania Hospitals State Fiscal Year 2018 (July 2017 – June 2018).: