Outpatients who had cardiac imaging stress tests before low-risk outpatient surgery
This measures the percentage of Medicare patients receiving cardiac imaging stress tests that were performed in preparation for low-risk outpatient surgical procedures. A cardiac stress test measures the heart's ability to respond when it is under stress. While cardiac stress tests sometimes are necessary before surgical procedures, medical evidence suggests they are not necessary before most low-risk outpatient procedures, such as colonoscopies and cataract surgeries.
January 2011 - December 2011 data
For the above graph: Lower ↓ performance is better.
Why is there only one graph?
Because this is a new measure, only a limited amount of data is available. As past data on this measure becomes available, we will add another graph showing our performance over time.
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