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Volume 8, Number 12—December 2002

Research

Using Automated Health Plan Data to Assess Infection Risk from Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Richard Platt*†‡Comments to Author , Ken Kleinman*†, Kristin Thompson*†, Rachel S. Dokholyan*†, James M. Livingston*‡, Andrew Bergman*§, John H. Mason*#, Teresa C. Horan**, Robert P. Gaynes#, Steven L. Solomon#, and Kenneth E. Sands*††
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Eastern Massachusetts Prevention Epicenter, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; †Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; ‡Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; §Tufts Health Plan, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; #Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; **Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; ††Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA;

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Table 2

Patients with indicators of infection by hospital and health maintenance organization claims system

Hospital Plan 1 Plan 2 Plan 3 Plan 4 Plan 5 Total
(% Patients with indicator/all patents)
A 33 (36/108) 33 (45/136) 27 (48/175) 23 (12/53) 16 (7/45) 29 (148/517)
B 15 (7/41) 21 (54/256) 16 (21/131) 25 (8/32) 19 (89/460)
C 30 (3/10) 56 (9/16) 26 (16/62) 25 (12/48) 11 (3/28) 26 (53/164)
D 100 (1/1) 41 (41/100) 55 (50/141) 34 (29/86) 34 (11/32) 36 (132/360)
Other 31 (13/42) 28 (81/291) 0 (0/1) 27 (12/45) 25 (18/73) 27 (124/452)
All 33 (53/161) 31 (182/584) 26 (168/635) 23 (86/363) 22 (47/210) 27 (536/1953)

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