Healthcare ratings organization HealthGrades has released its fourth annual report of 50 best hospitals in America, which found these facilities had mortality rates that were, on average, 27% lower than other hospitals.
HealthGrades releases top hospitals report
According to the report, the 50 hospitals—which are located in 17 states—outperformed all other hospitals overall from 2006 through 2008; had lower risk-adjusted mortality; and improved their mortality rates faster than all other hospitals across the country.
“If all hospitals performed at this level, 164,964 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved and 18,900 Medicare in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided,” the report said.
Compared with other hospitals, these 50 facilities overall had 26.96% lower risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality across 17 procedures and diagnoses where in-hospital mortality was the outcome studied, while overall they had 8.29% lower risk-adjusted in-hospital complications across nine procedures where the in-hospital complication rate was the outcome studied.
Of the 17 states where these hospitals are located, Florida and Ohio had the most hospitals on the list with nine each, followed by Pennsylvania with seven. HealthGrades analyzed about 130 million Medicare patient records from fiscal years 1999 through 2008 for 26 medical procedures and conditions. To be included, hospitals must have met minimum thresholds in terms of patient volumes, quality ratings and the range of services provided.
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