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Various "Best Hospital" Lists - national


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America's 50 Best Hospitals list (Medicare) 2016 (pdf)

HealthGrades choice for the top 50 hospitals and 100 best in the US, based on clinical quality for Medicare patients over 3 years ending 2014. List shows which hospitals have held clinical distinction for 3 years, and those for 6 consecutive years. They examined complication rates or survival rates for 30 diagnoses (such as heart failure, COPD, pneumonia, stroke, diabetes, pancreatitis, sepsis) or surgical procedures (such as hip or knee replacement, gall bladder removal, back surgery, bowel obstruction, prostatectomy, angioplasty, valve surgery, and heart bypass)

Baby-Friendly Hospitals (breast-feeding)

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for lactation. As of March 2012, there were 143 hospitals in the US who met the program criteria, which are based on Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

Blue Distinction Centers: Cardiac, Cancer, Hip, Knee, Spine, Bariatric Surgery, Organ Transplants

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have designated national Blue Distinction Centers meeting their standards and selection criteria for bariatric surgery, cardiac (heart) care, organ transplants (e.g. bone marrow/stem cell, heart, lung, liver, pancreas transplants), total knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and hospitals for 13 Complex and Rare Cancers (e.g. pancreatic, liver, bladder, brain, bone, esophageal, leukemia, rectal, thyroid cancer, head & neck, gastric). Detailed quality criteria are not readily disclosed. Lists organized by state for each specialty; updated 2015

CareChex America's Top Quality Hospitals 2015

Lists of top 10% hospitals in specialties such as cancer care, cardiac surgery, inpatient gall bladder surgery, GI care, general surgery, hip fractures, joint replacement, organ transplants, spinal fusion, stroke care, and more. Methodology does not disclose dates covered by the data. Announcing award-winning hospitals requires license fee to be paid. CareChex is a division of Comparion Medical Analytics, a for-profit information company, which appears to be a competitor to HealthGrades

Consumer Choice Awards (2015-2016) by NRC - hospitals

The National Research Corporation lists the winners of its annual Consumer Choice Awards for most-preferred hospitals in selected markets. Winners were determined by general consumer perceptions on hospital quality and image in NRC's annual Healthcare Market Guide ticker study. 2015/16 winners

CVI Top 100 Hospitals for Community Value, 2015

Cleverley + Associates published its 2015 Top 100 Hospitals according to their Community Value Index (CVI), which balances ten measures in 4 areas: Hospital Quality, Cost of care, Pricing and financial strength. While detailed methodology is not available online, we like the idea of focusing on total value to patients and the community at large. Five star (top 20%) hospitals also listed

Healthgrades - Hospital Awards for Patient Safety Excellence, 2016 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

List of top 10% (467) hospitals, distinguished for their Medicare patient safety, using 2011 to 2013 data. Report highlights the national volume of hospital patient safety incidents, such as pressure ulcers [bedsores], accidental cuts during medical care; deep blood clots, respiratory failure, bloodstream infection or death following a serious complication after surgery. Annual study released April 2015 by Healthgrades

HealthGrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award (TM) (selected states)

HealthGrades gave excellence awards to hospitals in 13 states for top quality in Bariatric surgical procedures such as gastric bypass and Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy; 13 states were studied (CO, FL, IA, IL, MD, NY, NV, OR, PA, RI, TX, WA and WI). Volume, survival rates, complication rates and length of stay were studied using 2011-2013 data. Pub. 2015

HealthGrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, 2016 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

Annual report (Jan. 2016) identifies 260 top-rated distinguished hospitals (top 5%) from evaluating Medicare data from 2012 to 2014. Mortality results (survival rates) and complication rates have been factored in for at least 21 procedures and diagnoses such as: heart bypass surgery, pacemaker, defibrillator, heart attack, heart failure, valve replacement, back & neck surgery, carotid surgery, COPD, gall bladder, hip fracture, hip replacement, knee replacement, prostate surgery, TURP, pneumonia, stroke, bowel obstruction, GI bleed, pancreatitis, diabetes hospitalization, pulmonary embolism & sepsis. Hospitals listed by state

HealthGrades Maternity and Women's Care Award (selected states)

HealthGrades lists its 5-star hospitals (Excellence Awards) in women's health, including cardiovascular and hip fractures, maternity care, and gynecologic procedures. 19 states studied. Uses 2008-2010 data. Only 19 states participate in the study (AZ, CA, FL, IA, ME, MD, MA, NV, NJ, NY, NC, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA and WI). Pub. June 2012

HealthGrades Top 5% Hospital Emergency Depts (Medicare)

Emergency Medicine Excellence Award is a list of 263 hospitals in US that have lower risk-adjusted mortality (death) rates of Medicare patients admitted to the hospital through the Emergency Room (ER). Twelve conditions (including heart failure, heart attack, COPD, stroke and sepsis) for Medicare patients were studied, representing 22% of Medicare admissions. Hospital names start on page 4. Data are from 2008-2010 Medicare only, published by HealthGrades 2012. No update available

Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care - Certified Hospitals

List of Primary Stroke Centers, Stroke Rehab, and other disease-specific care certified organizations in the US. Most are hospitals. Other certified programs include orthopedic joint replacement (hip, knee), COPD (most listed under A for Advanced COPD), sickle cell services, burn center, bariatric surgery, high-risk OB; bone marrow, heart, liver transplants; cancer (including breast, lung, pancreatic, prostate); diabetes; AAA, Alzheimer's, sleep program, wound care, spine treatment program, migraines, Parkinsons disease, ESRD, palliative care, epilepsy, congestive heart failure, heart failure, AMI, pneumonia and more. Long list, may be hard to use because health condition certifications are listed under multiple titles such as "Advanced"

Joint Commission's Top Performing Hospitals 2014

Hospital accrediting organization, the Joint Commission, named 1224 Top Performers for 2014 (2013 data). Hospitals may make the quality grade for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, or surgical care; children's asthma care, inpatient psych, stroke, VTE and immunization. Listed by state and city. Some Veterans Admin hospitals are among the top performers

Leapfrog Top Hospitals for 2014 (Dec. 2014)

Leapfrog named 94 hospitals to its 2014 Top Hospitals list, including 9 top children's hospitals and 25 rural hospitals. Hospitals must have responded to Leapfrog's Hospital Survey. Winners include12 Kaiser Permanete hospitals in California, 8 Massachusetts urban hospitals, 9 rural hospitals in Maine, more. Leapfrog Group is a large employer- based organization whose mission is to trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality and affordability of health care

LGBT Healthcare Equality Index Ratings of Hospitals and Clinics 2014

Annual Healthcare Equality Index designated 427 U.S. hospitals, clinics and other facilities as Equality Leaders for their policies and practices related to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Criteria include patient non-discrimination, hospital visitation, employment policies and training in LGBT patient-centered care. Prepared by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2014

Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems, (H&HN, July 2015)

The Most Wired hospitals & healthcare systems for 2015. Survey by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine asked hospitals to report on how they use information technology. Includes additional lists of Most Wired Small & Rural Hospitals, Innovators, Most Advanced, and Most Improved

Parkinson's - Center of Excellence Network (NPF)

List of about 41 centers of excellence for Parkinson Disease in US and internationally (Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan) that meet the criteria set by the National Parkinson's Foundation for research, comprehensive care delivery, professional education and patient outreach services

Premier 2015 QUEST Awards for High-value Healthcare

3 hospital winners were selected for the QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare. They achieved top performance in all seven of the areas measured: cost and efficiency, inpatient and outpatient evidence-based care, mortality, safety, patient experience and appropriate hospital use. Winners: Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County, New Albany, Miss; Memorial Hospital, Miramar, FL; and West Georgia Medical Center, LaGrange, GA

Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Awards, 2015 - hospital client awards

Press Ganey's list of Guardian of Excellence Awards in Patient Experience, and Clinical Quality were awarded to client hospitals who performed in the top 5% for the year. List also shows top 5% for Employee Engagement and Physician Engagement

Press Ganey Pinnacle of Excellence Awards - 2015 Client Recognition

The Pinnacle of Excellence Awards from Press Ganey Associates, Inc are given to their top 3 client hospitals who have maintained highest performance in Press Ganey patient satisfaction, or clinical quality, or employee or physician engagement, for at least 3 years in a row

Thomson 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals - 2011

Thomson Reuters 2011 selection of 50 hospitals with significant heart care programs listed in categories: teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residencies, teaching hospitals without such residencies, and community hospitals. List only, organized by state; study used Medicare data from 2009-2010, some in 2011. Released November 2011

Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals - 2012 National Winners

List names top 100 hospitals in categories according to size and teaching status using Medicare data primarily from 2006 to 2010, and other publicly reported patient satisfaction scores and results at HospitalCompare. While no data are shown for individual hospital performance, Thomson makes a case that as a group these hospitals outperform their peers in quality and efficiency (lower expenses). Free report shows winners' names only; some winners received the Everest Award for also improving at the fastest rate. Methodology examines complications & patient safety; survival and readmissions for pneumonia and heart care; patient recommendations; and length of stay, efficiency and profitability. Released April 2012

Thomson Top 15 Health Systems (2012)

Thomson Reuters research named 15 Top U.S. Health Systems for clinical quality and efficiency, from their study of 321 systems. Medicare data from 2009 and 2010, patient safety and complications, CMS HospitalCompare data for heart, pneumonia and surgical care and HCAHPS patient satisfaction scores were used. January 2012

Top 125 Hospitals in Major Metro Areas (Consumers' Checkbook Guide)

Find 125 top-rated hospitals in 53 major cities and metropolitan areas(from a sample of 1467 eligible hospitals), sorted by state. Click on the US map. Hospital death rates and complication rates for Medicare patients (2003 to 2006 data), over 17,000 physician opinions (6% survey response rate), patient ratings (2007) and heart and pneumonia scores for 2007 were used to select the hospitals. Physician choices for top hospitals in cancer care, heart care, so-called mystery diagnoses, neurosurgery, and eyes are also shown in the Doctors' Faves box (scroll down), and includes Mayo Clinic (Rochester), who otherwise does not qualify for the list, due to location. Consumers' Checkbook, an independent, nonprofit consumer organization, makes this list available through AARP. Pub. March 2009

Top Performers - Why Not the Best Hospitals (IPRO)

Side-by-side comparison tool of 4500 US hospitals called Why Not the Best? Using current data from the CMS Hospital Compare website, this tool helps people compare overall and composite performance on heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention, and patient satisfaction, and identifies the top 1% of hospitals. Easy to use, but geared to health care professionals to improve hospital performance.Created by the Commonwealth Fund, transferred to IPRO in Jan. 2015

University Health System Quality Leadership Awards 2010

Five University hospital systems received the 2010 Quality Leadership Awards from UHC (University HealthSystem Consortium): Methodist Hospital—A Clarian Health Partner (Indianapolis), University Medical Center (Tucson), University of Utah, (Salt Lake City), Lehigh (Allentown, PA) and Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN). The Quality and Accountability study reportedly measured a variety of clinical, operational and patient satisfaction measures for 98 UHC members, but full details on methodology were not readily available to the public, Sept. 2010

USA Today - Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia Mortality, Readmissions -Interactive

Interactive tool shows 100 best (lowest hospital death rates; lowest readmissions) and 100 highest mortality rates and readmissions for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients in US hospitals. Uses federal Medicare data for 2005-2008 (most recent available). Every participating hospital's data shown on the map. Released July 2009 by USA Today

USNews.com America's Best Hospitals 2014-15: Honor Roll (17)

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) , Mass General (Boston), Johns Hopkins (Baltimore) and Cleveland Clinic top the list of 17 US hospitals identified (from nearly 5000 nationwide), who rank favorably in multiple specialties. Check the details to see specifics for a certain illness, since one hospital may not be ranked (by US News) as best in everything. Methodology report shows how the hospitals scored. Mortality ratio for Medicare patients and Reputation are two factors used in the rankings for most of the specialties. 2014-2015 ratings use Medicare data from 2010-2012

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2010: Diabetes Rankings

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and Massachusetts General (Boston) lead the US News & World Report list of 50 best hospitals for Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders. Uses Medicare data from 2006 to 2008

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2010: Ear, nose, and throat

Uses 3 years of Medicare data, to select the top 50 best hospitals for ENT. Top of the list: Johns Hopkins and Massachusetts Eye and Ear (Mass Gen), Boston. Strong weight to Reputation scores and volume. Rankings also consider survival rates

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2010: Neurology and neurosurgery

US News & World Report's list of top 50 hospitals for Neuro care and Neurosurgery. Johns Hopkins and Mayo Clinic lead the 2010 list. Stroke, carotid artery stent, craniotomy and spinal fusion included in this category. Because Medicare volumes and reputation are given strong weight, some hospitals have death rates that are 29% (Phoenix) or 20% (Charlottesville, VA) higher than expected, so look closely at the survival rates in the methodology paper, before you choose your hospital

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2010: Ophthalmology (Eye)

Eighteen hospitals listed for eye surgery, ranked using reputation scores only, no clinical outcomes data were examined (except what individual physicians responding to the survey had investigated on their own; 54% response rate). University of Miami (Bascom Palmer in Florida) and Johns Hopkins (Wilmer) top US News & World Report's list of best hospital Ophthalmology programs

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2010: Orthopedics Rankings

US News & World Report's list of top 50 hospitals for hip and knee replacements and other orthopedic surgery shows Hospital for Special Surgery (New York) and Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.) as the best hospitals in the US. Uses Medicare data (2006-2008), reputation scores, survival rates, patient safety and more

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2010: Psychiatry Rankings

Mass General and Johns Hopkins lead the 2010 best psychiatric hospitals list. Reputation scores only were used by US News & World Report to select these 24 hospitals. Listings address short-term acute psychiatric admissions, rather than long-term residential care. Response rate by board-certified psychiatrists was 37%, lower than the overall average of 45%

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2010: Pulmonology (Respiratory)

Top 50 hospitals for respiratory problems, including Lung transplant, used Medicare data (including survival), reputation and other factors. National Jewish Health Center (Denver) and Mayo Clinic lead the list, although Nat'l Jewish shows only 8 cases in 3 years - a typo? For reference: small hospitals routinely treat pneumonia and COPD patients, and a tertiary medical center may not be necessary for effective treatment. This list by US News & World Report gives strong weight to reputation (according to sample of board-certified pulmonologists) and large volume

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2010: Rehabilitation Rankings

Reputation scores only (from Board-certified PM&R physicians), used to identify these top 20 rehab hospitals in the US - led by Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and Kessler Institute (West Orange, NJ). You may wish to check other factors such as CARF Accreditation (put CARF in the search box at Consumer Health Ratings) and clinical performance results if you can find them, in addition to this reputation list by US News & World Report. Physician response rate to the survey was 52% over the 3 years

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2010: Rheumatology Rankings

Twenty-one hospitals identified by using reputation scores only in this US News & World Report list. Physician response rate (sample of board-certified rheumatologists) was 47%. Top of the list: Johns Hopkins and Cleveland Clinic

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2011-12: Cancer Rankings

US News & World Report named MD Anderson (Houston, TX) and Sloan-Kettering (New York) as its 2011 leaders of the top 50 hospitals for cancer care in the US. Scoring includes survival (30-day mortality), professional reputation, volume, designation from the National Cancer Institute and other factors. Hospital relative mortality shown in methodology. Released July 2011

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2011-12: Gastroenterology

Fifty hospitals ranked, using Medicare data 2007-2009, survival rates (30-day mortality scores), volume, reputation and other factors. Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic again lead the 2011 list. GI problems, inpatient Gall bladder cases, & bowel surgery are included in this best hospitals category. Minimum 531 inpatient cases

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2011-12: Geriatrics Rankings

Mount Sinai (NY) and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles) lead the list of top 50 hospitals for geriatric care, from US News & World Report. List shows hospitals that do well at treating seniors who are 75 years old or older, combining multiple specialties. Many of the 50 have Alzheimer's Centers. Medicare survival (30-day mortality data) from 2007-2009

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2011-12: Gynecology Rankings

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and Johns Hopkins again lead the list of 2011-2012 best hospitals for Gynecology from US News & World Report. Gynecology rankings include hysterectomy surgeries, and use data Medicare data from 2007 to 2009. Relative survival rates are included

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2011-12: Heart and heart surgery

Top of the Cardiac specialty list: Cleveland Clinic (Ohio) and Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN). 50 hospitals listed. See if there is one in your state. Rankings include mortality ratio using Medicare data from 2007 to 2009

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2011-12: Kidney disorders rankings

US News and World Report's list of top 50 hospitals for kidney disease, led by Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic, includes kidney transplant, major bladder procedures, renal failure conditions. Most hospitals showed better survival than expected, based on 3 years of Medicare data. Minimum volume of 172 patients

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2011-12: Urology Rankings

Johns Hopkins and the Cleveland Clinic again lead the Urology list of 50 best hospitals from US News & World Report. List uses Medicare data, reputation and other factors; includes cases of prostatectomy and other urologic surgery. Top hospitals had better 30-day survival rates; minimum 69 cases

usnews.com America's Best Hospitals Methodology 2014-15 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

RTI International report on the methodology used in the 2014-2015 Best Hospitals rankings by US News & World Report. Medicare data were used (2010-2012), board-certified physicians were surveyed (32% average response rate for 2014 [3-years are used], but varies by specialty), hospitals were screened by having advanced services or teaching programs, and having certain number of Medicare cases. See the full criteria and methods used in this study. 129-page report includes the rankings and hospital scores at the end of the document

Best and Worst Hospitals for Mortality: Heart care, Pneumonia (USA TODAY)

USATODAY.com published the federal government's list of hospitals that stand out for delivering better survival rates for heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia care, and those who score significantly worse in 30-day death rates. Actual mortality rates shown for Medicare patients, using data from 2006 to 2007. Very easy for consumers to read, but outdated. Pub. Aug. 20, 2008

Other Helpful Listings

Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence - Locate a Center & Bariatric Surgeon

As of February 2011, the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) had designated 442 hospitals (763 surgeons, up from last year) as Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence. SRC is a non-profit corporation representing bariatric surgeons that promotes high standards of care in weight loss surgery. List of centers by state; includes US, UK, Brazil, Mexico and Taiwan

Hospital Compare - 30-day Death Rates, COPD (2014)  Editor's Pick

Federal government site from CMS shows whether hospitals met expected 30-day survival rates for Medicare COPD patients. The national Risk-Adjusted death rates (mortality rates) were 7.8% for COPD. Of US hospitals measured and reported, vast majority were statistically no different than national average; 96 hospitals had worse survival rates. Find COPD mortality ratings under Outcome measures. Results use 2010-2013 data, updated 2014

Hospital Compare - 30-day Death Rates, Heart Attack & Heart Failure (2014)  Editor's Pick

Federal government site from CMS shows whether hospitals meet expected 30-day survival rates for heart attack and heart failure Medicare cases. National death rates were 14.9% for heart attack (with 18 hospitals under-performing) and 11.9% for heart failure (103 hospitals worse than national rate). Compare hospitals in your area. Results updated 2014, 2010-2013 data

Hospital Compare - 30-day Death Rates, Pneumonia (2014)  Editor's Pick

Federal government site from CMS shows whether hospitals met expected 30-day survival rates for Medicare pneumonia patients. The national Risk-Adjusted death rates (mortality rates) were 11.9% for pneumonia. Of US hospitals measured and reported, vast majority were statistically no different than national average; 198 hospitals had worse survival rates. Find pneumonia mortality ratings under Outcome measures. Results use 2010-2013 data, updated 2014

Hospital Compare - 30-day Death Rates, Stroke (2014)  Editor's Pick

Federal government site from CMS shows whether hospitals met expected 30-day survival rates for Medicare stroke patients. The national Risk-Adjusted death rates (mortality rates) were 7.8% for stroke. Of US hospitals measured and reported, vast majority were statistically no different than national average; 81 hospitals had worse survival rates. Find stroke mortality ratings under Outcome measures. Results use 2010-2013 data, updated 2014

How Good are Best Hospital Ratings for Cancer Surgery?

Study in Archives of Surgery (May 2011) evaluated whether "best hospitals," as defined by the US News & World Report or HealthGrades, have lower mortality rates than all other American hospitals for cancer surgery. Used Medicare 2005-2006 data. Abstract only.

How Good are US News' Top 50 Hospitals Rankings? (Annals 2010)

The Annals of Internal Medicine published an analysis of The Role of Reputation in U.S. News & World Report's Rankings of the Top 50 American Hospitals. April 20, 2010 abstract is free

How Good is US News & World Report's Selection of Top-Ranked Heart Care Hospitals?  Editor's Pick

Here's a caveat to using the US News' Best Hospitals list for heart and heart surgery - 9 on the list performed significantly worse than their peers according to a study by the Joint Commission. Article by Williams, Koss, et al, published in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation, online July 31, 2006; link to abstract

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