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MMC Among Top 1 Percent in Joint Replacement Quality Measures
CMS Data Show Maine Surgeons Rank Among Best in Nation for Hips, Knees

PORTLAND, Maine – A recent Medicare study placed Maine Medical Center (MMC) among the top 1 percent of hospitals in a national survey for its quality of care on both hip and knee replacement surgeries, as measured by patient readmissions and complications.

The Medicare study evaluated cases at hospitals throughout the country for the first time to determine quality of care on these two common elective procedures. The study looked at cases that occurred from July 2009 to June 2012. Of the 4,805 hospitals surveyed, 2,747 had enough data to qualify for the study. Ninety-five hospitals had better-than-average performance in at least one of the two measures — readmissions or complications — and MMC is the only hospital in Maine to appear on this list. Of these 95 hospitals, just 25 showed better-than-average performance in both categories. Again, MMC is the only hospital in Maine, according to the study, to achieve this distinction.

“We know we have a strong hip and knee replacement program, and it’s rewarding to see how well it compares on a national scale,” said George Babikian, M.D., Director of the Division of Orthopedics at MMC and Medical Director of Maine Medical Partners – Orthopedics.  “Our patients trust us to deliver the top-quality care that gets them back to active lives.”

The Hospital Outcome of Care measures, which are readily accessible on the Medicare website, are significant because people who elect to have these surgeries typically research the hospital and physician to learn who has the best outcomes. Also, beginning in late 2014, Medicare will adjust hospital reimbursement rates for hip and knee replacement surgeries based on these measures as it currently does on a number of other measures.

About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as the number-one ranked hospital in Maine by U.S. News and World Report for 2013-2014, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1864, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 6,500 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England.

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January 21, 2014
Contact: Matt Paul
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
(207) 662-2196 (office)

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