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The summary below is from the full report titled “Results of Report Cards for Patients with Congestive Heart Failure Depend on the Method Used To Adjust for Severity.” It is in the 4 July 2000 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine (volume 133, pages 10-20). The authors are R.M. Poses, D.K. McClish, W.R. Smith, E.C. Huber, F.L.W. Clemo, B.P. Schmitt, D. Alexander, E.M. Racht, and C.C. Colenda III.