A performance report analyzing Pennsylvania's hospitals reveals some good news for York County patients.

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council's 2013 hospital performance report shows that York, Memorial and Hanover hospitals are hitting the mark most of the time with readmissions and mortality rates -- while keeping costs well below the state and regional average. It uses 2012 data submitted by Pennsylvania hospitals.

The annual report includes hospital-specific outcomes for 16 common medical conditions and surgical procedures. The purpose, as outlined in the report, is to help patients make more informed health care decisions, as well as help providers identify opportunities for quality of care and cost containment.

The 16 conditions and procedures the report analyzes are: abnormal heartbeat, chest pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colorectal procedures, congestive heart failure, medical management of diabetes, laparoscopic and open gallbladder removal, medical management of heart attack, hypotension and fainting, kidney and urinary tract infections, acute kidney failure, aspiration and infectious pneumonia, septicemia and stroke.

The results: Each York County hospital's average charges were lower than the state and regional averages for all conditions and procedures, by up to as much as $43,000 in one category.

York Hospital had the expected readmission and mortality rates for 12 of the 16 conditions and procedures. It had higher mortality rates than expected for strokes and the two types of pneumonia. It had lower-than-expected readmission rates for COPD.

Memorial Hospital had the expected readmission and mortality rates for 14 of the 16 conditions and procedures. It had a higher mortality rate than expected for congestive heart failure and a lower-than-expected readmission rate for COPD.

Hanover Hospital had the expected readmission and mortality rates for 15 of the 16 conditions and procedures. It had both a higher mortality rate and a lower-than-expected readmission rate for acute kidney failure.

To access the full report, visit www.phc4.org.

-- Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.