Background: Low procedural complication rates, barriers to access, and patient preference have encouraged the development of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) programs at centers that are often closer to home but without on-site cardiac surgical capability. Objectives: We compared clinical and economic outcomes associated with performing low-risk elective PCI at a community hospital without on-site cardiac surgery with those obtained at a more remote tertiary care center with on-site cardiac surgery. Design and Measures: We matched 257 patients undergoing low-risk, elective PCI at a community hospital (Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital [ISJ] between January 27, 2000, and July 31, 2002) to 514 PCI patients treated at a tertiary care hospital (Saint Marys Hospital [SMH] between January 27, 2000, and April 30, 2002) based on clinical and lesion criteria. Clinical outcomes (in-hospital procedural success and target vessel failure during long-term follow up) and economic outcomes (direct medical costs, billed charges, and hospital length of stay [LOS]) were compared between groups. The Mayo Clinic PCI Registry (containing clinical, angiographic, and follow-up data) and administrative data were used in matching and outcomes assessment. Results: Procedural success was achieved more often among ISJ-treated patients (99% vs. 95%; P = 0.02); however, no difference in target vessel failure rates was observed during a median follow-up time of 3.1 years (estimated 1-year event rate: 15.2% vs. 14.8%; P = 0.46). ISJ-treated patients incurred, on average, $3024 more in estimated total costs ($13,771 vs. $10,746; P < 0.001) and $6084 more in billed charges (P < 0.001), but incurred similar LOS post procedure (1.53 days). Conclusions: Similar clinical outcomes were achieved at a community hospital without on-site cardiac surgery but at significantly increased direct medical cost. Patients, providers, hospitals, payers, and policymakers should consider whether the benefits associated with locally provided specialized cardiovascular services warrant this additional cost.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - May 1 2006|
- Percutaneous coronary intervention
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health