For the first time, Verispans annual ranking includes an alternative to the top 100 most integrated networks, dubbed the Best of the Rest.
The new roster ranks high-scoring systems in four geographic regions that failed to break into the IHN 100. The Yardley, Pa.-based data and consulting firm debuted the second-tier ranking to recognize strong networks outside the Midwest that are handicapped by the size and nature of their markets, says Subhash Seelam, Verispans senior market manager for acute-care and integrated healthcare networks. The Midwest typically supplies about half the top 100 finishers because of the regions higher number of hospitals, Seelam says, while markets in the Northeast and West, which have fewer hospitals, are handicapped by lower utilization scores.
Health systems in the West scored highest among the Best of the Rest, but had the smallest number of IHNs among the four regions, with eight organizations.
Two-hospital Scottsdale (Ariz.) Healthcare finished with a 75.15 scorewhich would have easily placed it among the top 100 finishers in last years rankingoutperforming the highest-ranked Best of the Rest finishers in the three remaining regions.
In the South, three-hospital Piedmont Healthcare, Atlanta, ranked No. 1 among 25 systems with a score of 74.94. In the Midwest, which made a strong showing with 17 finishersin addition to the 43 IHNs in the top 10013-hospital Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Waterloo, Iowa, scored 74.85 to rank first. Finally, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt., which operates three campuses, topped the Northeast regional Best of the Rest ranking of 13 systems with a score of 74.83.