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Cape Cod Hospital Named to Medicare List for Excellence in Hip and Knee Replacement

Cape Cod Hospital was named to a Medicare list of the 97 health facilities in the U.S. where patients can expect the best outcomes after joint replacement surgery. The list released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services noted whether hospitals had worse, expected or better outcomes for readmission after hip or knee surgery and whether they had worse, expected or better rates of complications following hip or knee replacement surgery. Cape Cod Hospital, a member of Cape Cod Healthcare, was listed as having better outcomes than most hospitals for complications following hip or knee surgery. It was listed as having expected outcomes for readmission rates. Cape Cod Hospital was one of just two Massachusetts hospitals to make the list.

For its report, Medicare evaluated how often a hospital’s patients ended up being readmitted within 30 days of discharge. It also looked at how often these patients suffered one of the following eight complications:

  • Acute myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Surgical site bleeding
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Mechanical complication
  • Joint infection within 90 days of surgery
  • Death after admission or within 30 days