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Accuracy of the All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Groups Classification System in Congenital Heart Surgery

Thursday, February 6, 2014

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Source Name: Annals of Thoracic Surgery


Aimee S. Parnell, Justine Shults, J. William Gaynor, Mary B. Leonard,Dingwei Dai, Chris Feudtner
The accuracy of the diagnosis in patients undergoing congenital heart surgery in a large administrative database was examined in over 14,000 patients aged 0 to 5. Patients admitted on day 1 of life and those undergoing ECMO had a much higher chance of being assigned non-cardiac diagnoses. Pts so misclassified had a substantially higher risk of mortality. This systematic misclassification may lead to inaccurate determination of case volumes and outcomes.

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