HealthGrades releases annual study, shows top hospitals are improving faster

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

January 27, 2010

HealthGrades has released its eight annual HealthGrades Annual Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study and the results show that the top five % of U.S. hospitals are improving faster than the rest of the field. The same top hospitals have a 29% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate. The information on which these conclusions are based comes from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data for 26 patient outcomes at all non-federal hospitals in the country from 2006 through 2008.

Patients who visited the 269 hospitals in the top five % were less likely to develop health complications, reports Forbes. Strikingly, many big-name medical centers are not included on the list and instead many smaller, regional hospitals made the cut. This may be because some academic medical centers are known for complicated, but less common procedures.

To read the Forbes article, click here. To find more from HealthGrades, click here.