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Date Updated:
Thu Jul 25 2019

767, Leapfrog Group, https://www.leapfroggroup.org

Mitral valve repair and replacement

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The mitral valve is located between the two left chambers of the heart and ensures that blood keeps moving through the heart. Surgery to repair or replace the mitral valve may be needed if the valve is hardened (calcified), which prevents blood from moving forward, or if the valve is too loose, which can cause blood to flow backward.

Research has shown that patients have better outcomes when they have their mitral valve repair and replacement performed at a hospital and by a surgeon that have more experience with the procedure. These include lower mortality rates, lower complication rates, and a shorter length of stay than for patients who have their surgery done at a hospital or by a surgeon with less experience. Hospitals should also have processes and protocols in place to ensure that surgeries are not performed when not needed, known as surgical appropriateness.

About this measure

To fully meet standards,

  • The hospital met the minimum hospital volume standard for mitral valve surgery; and
  • The hospital’s process for privileging surgeons includes meeting or exceeding the minimum surgeon volume standard.

Scores are reported as:

1 = Willing to Report
2 = Some Progress
3 = Substantial Progress
4 = Fully Meets the Standard

Note: In this measure, a higher number is better.