It's all about accountability.
Healthcare in the 21st century will be probed, evaluated and analyzed as never before. We fully expect that employers, government payers and patients will routinely use outcomes data and quality measures to make healthcare decisions.
That's why Solucient's 100 Top Hospitals program is so important. Modern Healthcare has been closely associated with the 100 Top Hospitals since its inception in 1993. We have seen the program grow from a curiosity contest to a well-established annual study that benchmarks clinical, financial and operational excellence.
In addition, Solucient's drive to extend the top 100 methodologies into specialized areas such as cardiology and orthopedics has proved a showcase for Centers of Excellence.
The 100 Top designation does make a difference. It has helped hospitals recruit prized physicians and raise philanthropic funds. Winners have used 100 Top status as a springboard to build market share and boost staff morale.
In Rochester, N.Y., major employers such as Kodak, Corning and Xerox are using 100 Top benchmarks to measure the performance of local hospitals. In Florida, a number of insurers automatically include 100 Top Hospitals in their provider networks.
On the academic side, such noted schools as the University of Michigan's School of Public Health are building a research base around 100 Top criteria.
In short, this is far more than a beauty contest. In fact, the process has evolved into a legitimate tool in the Age of Accountability.
This special supplement to Modern Healthcare is the first in what we hope is an annual roundup of 100 Top activities. It includes articles about the 2000 winners recognized in the Solucient studies. In addition to the 100 Top recap, there are stories on orthopedics, stroke treatment, ICUs and cardiovascular winners.
And for the first time, Solucient is sharing information on how 100 Top Hospitals handle pediatric length of stay, breast cancer management and coronary angioplasties.
I'd like to recognize Elizabeth Thompson Beckley for her efforts in reporting and writing all of the stories in the supplement. Beckley is a former Modern Healthcare reporter who now is a Monterey, Calif.-based free-lance writer. Kristin Bagnato, a member of the Modern Healthcare copy desk, served as an editor on the project.
Editor, Modern Healthcare