Medicare patients with heart disease in Buffalo are one-third as likely as patients in Brooklyn to receive procedures to unclog arteries.
But degenerative arthritis patients in Buffalo are twice as likely as those in the Bronx to undergo hip replacements.
The large differences in procedures reflect the many variations in care here and across the country in how patients get treated for similar conditions.
And whether a patient gets surgery or nonsurgical treatment often depends on physician recommendations, perhaps neglecting patient preferences, according to a new report by the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care.
Read the full report below or click here for Henry Davis' article.
Here are some of the stories we're pursuing today:
*The woman accused of drunk driving in yesterday's crash that killed a 7-month-old girl had a prior DWI arrest.
*John Vogl is writing a profile of Niagara University hockey goalie Carsen Chubak.
*What would going over the "fiscal cliff" mean for the average Buffalonian? Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski will have the story.
*Some local teens are making their own films, and a network of high school studios -- started by the kids and not through the schools -- is emerging. That'll be the lead story in tomorrow's NeXt section.
*Bob DiCesare and Bucky Gleason are covering tonight's men's basketball game between UB and Temple.
*We'll have a review of tonight's WYRK Taste of Country Winter Acoustic Concert.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority operates bus and Metro Rail service, two local airports and owns waterfront land. Minkel talks with Brian Meyer about some looming issues invoving public transportation.
The News' Brian Meyer sat down with host Eileen Buckley as part of today's Press Pass segment on WBFO. They talked about Mark Croce's progress with Statler City and how these development projects are revitalizing the city step-by-step.