Massachusetts hospitals that provide cardiac surgery and/or Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) are required to submit data through the Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Cardiac Surgery Database (in the case of cardiac surgery) and the American College of Cardiology’s National Data Registry (in the case of coronary intervention procedures).
The overall goal of this data collection is to enhance transparency and monitor quality of cardiac services in Massachusetts. This reporting has created a mechanism to expand access to cardiac services across Massachusetts, and has positioned the Commonwealth as a leader in gathering and reporting on PCI.
History of Cardiac Data Collection
Massachusetts enacted legislation in 2000 establishing that a cardiac care quality advisory commission “develop standards and criteria to be used by the department of public health for the purpose of collecting, monitoring and validating patient specific outcome data for all hospitals in the commonwealth that perform open heart surgery or angioplasty.” Following a 2001 report filed by the Massachusetts Cardiac Care Quality Commission, the State legislature mandated the Department of Public Health collect patient specific outcome data and evaluate all surgery and angioplasty programs in the Commonwealth.
In 2002, Massachusetts adopted regulations to require all Massachusetts hospitals providing cardiac surgery and/or angioplasty to collect patient data using the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Cardiac Surgery Database Instrument, in the case of cardiac surgery, and the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (ACC-NCDR) Instrument, in the case of coronary intervention procedures.
Implementation of data collection for cardiac surgery began January 1, 2002, and implementation of data collection for coronary interventions using the ACC-NCDR Instrument began April 1, 2003.
Data Analysis Center Reports
The Department of Public Health maintains annual reports for data collection from 2002 through 2014 to ensure that data is accessible by both consumers and providers, in an effort to enhance overall transparency and drive quality improvement.
The following reports summarize the quality of care provided by all Massachusetts-licensed cardiac surgery programs and angioplasty programs between 2011 and 2014.
Please contact the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality at CardiacReporting@State.MA.US to obtain the reports created before 2011.