Consumer Reports rates heart bypass medical groups

Consumer Reports has published ratings for medical groups that perform heart bypass surgery on its website, and will include them in the October issue, according to an article in the New York Times.

The article reports that groups can receive one, two or three stars, for below average, average or above average. The scores were based on complication and survival rates, whether the groups used the best surgical technique, and whether patients were prescribed medicines shown to be beneficial after this type of surgery.

(Sources: New York Times, http://nytimes.com, September 7, 2010; Kaiser Daily Health Policy Project, http://kaiserhealthnews.org, September 8, 2010)