Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, today released America’s 50 and 100 Best Hospitals for 2015, along with a new report entitled, “Sustaining Quality Outcomes: Learning from 2015 Healthgrades America’s Best Hospital Recipients,” that takes an in-depth look at the strategies, goals and processes utilized by some of the country’s top performing hospitals.
“As the national dialogue continues to focus on the importance of improving hospital quality, we’re pleased to recognize those hospitals that have demonstrated superior clinical performance, over time. These organizations run the gamut in size and scope, including both non-profit and for-profit institutions, academic medical centers and community hospitals alike,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades.
The impact is significant. From 2011-2013, if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to hospitals achieving Healthgrades 2015 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award, 172,626 lives could potentially have been saved. For patients treated in hospitals achieving Healthgrades 2015 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award, there is roughly a 26.4% lower risk of dying than if the patients were treated in hospitals that did not receive this recognition, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures where mortality is the outcome.
The related Healthgrades report explores key learnings from America’s 100 Best Hospitals and finds three common denominators that emerged among all hospitals:
- Vision: the top hospitals create a culture and practice of going beyond requirements of today’s CMS core measures anticipating issues and opportunities with potential future applications before they will be held accountable for them;
- Evidenced-based Decision Making: the top hospitals utilize data-driven protocols that track, measure, analyze and adjust to improve outcomes for patients;
- Collaboration: Top hospitals ensure that there are open lines of communication among various departments in real time, reinforcing a sense of collaboration and trust between care units.
“The report’s key takeaway is that tenacity and leadership are required to sustain superior performance and help practitioners deliver high clinical quality care,” said Mr. Marks. “We commend those organizations that have achieved this distinction and encourage all consumers to do their homework when selecting a hospital since all hospitals do not perform equally.”
Identifying America’s 50 and 100 Best Hospitals
Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award recognizes 50 hospitals as among the top 1% in the nation for consistent clinical excellence based on an analysis of risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for common procedures and conditions. Specifically, these hospitals have consecutively received a Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for at least the last six years.
Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award recognizes the top 100 hospitals that received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence each year for at least the last three years. These hospitals are recognized as among the top 2% in the nation for consistent clinical quality. The list is made up of those hospitals that were identified as America’s 50 Best Hospitals as described above with the addition of the next 50 top hospitals, identified by consecutive years of achieving the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and volume-weighted average z-score across at least 21 of 32 conditions and procedures.
To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s Best Hospitals Award recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.