Hospitals are required under Pennsylvania law (Act 89) to submit timely, accurate health care data to the PHC4. The PHC4, acting upon the advice of its Technical Advisory Group, a panel of physicians and other health care experts, has determined that hospitals missing the required UB 92 data or patient severity scores in excess of 15% overall are non-compliant with state law and are excluded from this report. These hospitals are listed in the back of this report. Although data specific to non-compliant hospitals is not included in this report, their records have been included in the overall research for in-hospital mortality, length of stay and charges and, as such, are reflected in the statewide and regional totals.

Additional information about the figures and symbols in this report as well as the methods used to calculate the statistics is available from the PHC4 upon request or can be accessed through the PHC4 website at http://www.phc4.org.