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Hi everyone and welcome to the NEJM Open Group Forum discussion on the article, “Life Expectancy after Myocardial Infarction by Hospital Performance.” My name is Leonard and I will serve as the moderator for this thread. I would first like to congratulate Dr. Bucholz et al. on their comprehensive study of over 119,000 patients admitted to 1,824 hospitals, which found that patients admitted to high-performing hospitals after acute myocardial infarction had longer life expectancies than patients treated in low-performing ones.

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