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Best Cardiac Surgery Hospital Ratings STS – Society of Thoracic Surgeons Editor's Pick

If you’re looking for the Best Cardiac Surgery hospitals, consider these ratings by STS – the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Compare hospital ratings for cardiac surgery in your state. Many hospitals voluntarily report their results, which are posted here for adult coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), valve replacement, congenital heart surgery and lobectomy for lung cancer. Most results cover the time period through December 2019. Most hospitals get two stars for “as expected” performance. Outstanding hospitals get 3 stars; under-performing hospitals get 1 star. Search by state or name of hospital to find the best. Excellent website. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,500 surgeons and others dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other surgical chest procedures.

2022 HealthGrades Bariatric Surgery Awards (selected states)

HealthGrades gave 2022 Bariatric Surgery excellence awards to hospitals in 13 states for top quality in Bariatric surgical procedures; 16 states were studied with 12 states (FL, IA, IL, MD, NV, NJ, NY, PA, TX, VA, WA and WI), having excellent hospitals. Inpatient complication rates in 16 states were studied using all-payer 2017-2019 data. Pub. 2022

America’s Best Hospitals list (Medicare) 2022 from HealthGrades

HealthGrades 2022 list of America’s Best Hospitals shows their choice for the top 50 hospitals and 100 best and top 250 hospitals in the US. List is based on clinical quality for Medicare patients over 3 years ending 2020. It shows which hospitals have held clinical excellence in consecutive years over “an extended period of time” (top 1%), and those in the top 2%. The 250 best hospitals (top 5%) were formerly known as receiving the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.  HealthGrades examined complication rates or survival rates for 32 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). Hospitals are listed by state; not all states had hospitals that ranked in the top 5%. Published Feb. 2022

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 October 2021, there were reportedly 500 to 600 hospitals in the US & Puerto Rico who met the program criteria, which are based on Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

Best Cardiovascular Hospital Lists – How Good are They?

How good are the lists of “best cardiovascular hospitals”? Research published in JAMA Cardiology (Journal of the American Medical Association, Cardiology) studied US News & World Report best hospitals list and 2018-2019 rankings for Cardiology and Heart Surgery. For cardiovascular care, the physician researchers indeed found lower 30-day mortality rates (better survival) and higher patient satisfaction at the top cardiac hospitals when compared with nonranked hospitals. Results applied to heart attack (AMI-acute myocardial infarction), heart failure and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG or heart bypass). Researchers did not find lower readmission rates at the top-ranked hospitals. Published December 2018.

Blue Distinction Centers: Cardiac, Cancer, Hip, Knee, Fertility, Maternity, Back, Spine, Bariatric Surgery, Organ Transplants, Gene Therapy, Substance Abuse

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have designated national Blue Distinction Centers meeting their standards and selection criteria for bariatric weight loss surgery, cancer care, cardiac (heart) care, fertility care, organ transplants (e.g. adult and pediatric bone marrow/stem cell, heart, lung, liver), pancreas (adult only) transplants, total knee and hip replacement, maternity care, back spine surgery, Substance Use Treatment and Recovery (new in 2020), cellular immunotherapy, and gene therapy for ocular disorders. Quality criteria can be found from the home page. In addition to Blue Distinction Centers, the Blue Distinction+ (Plus) designates high quality centers considered to have “more affordable care”. (No further information is available on prices.) Interactive database; updated 2021.

CareChex America’s Top Hospitals for Medical Excellence 2022

CareChex by Quantros lists the 2022 top hospital in each state for Medical Excellence. No methodology is shown at the website.  (Some of your questions may be answered by a chatbox person. The 2020 awards were based on data from CMS, from Oct. 2015 to Sept. 2018; HCAHPS patient satisfaction survey scores may or may not be included in the scoring). In addition, five health systems were selected for excellence. CareChex is a division of Quantros, a for-profit software solutions company. The company appears to be a competitor to HealthGrades or Watson Health (Truven).

Healthgrades – Hospital Awards for Patient Safety Excellence, 2022

Healthgrades 2022 awards for patient safety excellence lists top 10% (448) hospitals. These hospitals are distinguished for their patient safety, using 2018 to 2020 Medicare patient information. Hospitals were evaluated on 14 types of preventable patient safety incidents, such as leaving foreign objects behind during surgery, pressure ulcers [bedsores], accidental cuts during medical care; deep blood clots, collapsed lung pneumothorax, postoperative hip fracture, bloodstream infection, deaths after surgical complications, and postop sepsis. Annual study released March 2022 by Healthgrades.

HealthGrades Women’s Care Health Awards – 2021

Find 2021 hospital awards for women’s health care from HealthGrades. HealthGrades lists its 5-star hospitals (Excellence Awards) in women’s care defined as labor & delivery maternity ratings, gynecologic procedures (such as hysterectomy) and Ob-Gyn services. HealthGrades used 2017-2019 “all-payer” data from 16 states for the awards in selected states. States include CO, FL, IA, IL, MD, NV, NY, NJ, OR, PA, RI, TX, VA, WA, WI, and WV.

Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care – Certified Hospitals

Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care – Certified Hospitals helps you find hospitals that have achieved Advanced Certification in any of about 17 programs. Advanced certification in stroke care (Primary Stroke Centers or two other stroke designations) is the most common. Other advanced certification programs are in palliative care, hip and knee, heart attack, heart failure, inpatient diabetes, perinatal services, COPD, ventricular assist devices, and other small programs in the US. Many are listed as having Advanced programs. Other types of certification may be available. The Joint Commission is the leading accrediting body for hospitals.

Leapfrog Top Hospitals for 2021 (December 2021)

Leapfrog named 149 hospitals to its 2021 Top Hospitals list, including 8 top children’s hospitals and 23 rural hospitals. Hospitals must have responded to Leapfrog’s Hospital Survey. 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. The measures emphasize patient safety. Published December 2021.

LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Index Ratings of Hospitals and Clinics 2020

Annual LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Index designated 495 U.S. hospitals, clinics and other facilities as Equality Leaders for their policies and practices related to the gay, lesbian, bisexual transgender and queer community. An additional 193 were named as top performers. The Index had 765 active participants; more than 1000 other organizations were also researched.  Criteria include patient non-discrimination (including hospital visitation) and staff training in LGBTQ patient-centered care; patient services and support; employee benefits and policies; and patient/community engagement. The list of healthcare facility Equality Leaders begins on page 16. Prepared by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2020.

Lown Institute Hospital Rankings by Quality Outcomes, 2021

Lown Institute hospital rankings for 2021. The hospital quality outcomes list ranks over 3,000 hospitals. It combines clinical outcomes, patient safety and patient satisfaction. The Outcomes index relies on Medicare inpatient data from 2016 to 2018. Two other lists of rankings are at this site: Equity and Value. Published 2021. The Lown Institute is a Washington, DC-based think tank, and newcomer to the hospital rankings business.

Newsweek: Best Maternity Hospitals 2022

Newsweek magazine selected the best maternity care hospitals in the US for 2022. Best Maternity Care Hospitals are given 5 ribbons (161 hospitals) or 3 ribbons (189 hospitals). No details, volumes, or actual scores; just a list. A major component of selecting best maternity hospitals was based on a survey in Feb. – March 2022. Consumers might be surprised to find that only 43 states had a “best hospital” for maternity care. List published May 2022.

Newsweek: The World’s Best Hospitals 2022

Newsweek ranks the top 150 best hospitals in the world for 2022. It also names 100 more (alphabetically, unranked) for a full “Top 250 Global”. The top 3 are in the US (in order): Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), Cleveland Clinic, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Also within the top 10 world hospitals, are Toronto General in Canada, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and UCLA Health – Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles. Nine additional US hospitals made the top 50. Altogether, there were 25 US hospitals in the top 100.  The rankings are based on recommendations from medical professionals (weighted 55%), results from patient surveys (15%) and key medical performance indicators (30%).

For the United States, medical KPIs (key performance indicators) mirror the CMS methodology for hospital Star Ratings. Most measures are from 2019 data (as of January 2022 Star Ratings). Categories of medical measures are Mortality (22% weight), Safety of Care (22%), Readmission (22%), Patient Experience (22%), Timely and Effective Care (12%). Published March 2022.

NRC Top Hospitals for Consumer Loyalty – 2021

NRC Health lists 100 winners of its 2021 Consumer Loyalty Awards for most often mentioned hospitals by consumers in selected markets. Ten hospitals are named as “Best in Class”. Market survey was conducted between April 2020 and March 2021, during the pandemic. NRC Health is formerly the National Research Corporation. Announced August 2021.

Parkinson’s – Center of Excellence Network (Parkinson’s Foundation)

Parkinson’s Center of Excellence Network is a list of about 47 centers of excellence for Parkinson Disease. About 33 are in the US. Other international locations include Australia, Canada, England United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan. Each must meet the criteria set by the Parkinson’s Foundation for research, comprehensive care delivery, professional education and patient outreach services.

Premier 2021 QUEST Awards for service during the pandemic

Premier announced all of their QUEST-participating hospitals received the 2021 QUEST® Heroes Award. In the past, only a select few received a Quest Award for High-value Healthcare, which recognized top performance in all five of the areas measured: cost, inpatient and outpatient evidence-based care, safety, patient experience and unplanned readmissions. The 2021 awards acknowledge “distinguished service in keeping patients first” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Awards, 2021 – hospital client awards

Press Ganey’s list of Guardian of Excellence 2021 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% of their clients for Employee Engagement and Physician Engagement. Announced November 2021.

Press Ganey Pinnacle of Excellence Awards – 2021 Client Recognition

The Pinnacle of Excellence 2021 Awards from Press Ganey Associates, Inc are given to their top client hospitals who have maintained highest performance in Press Ganey patient experience / satisfaction, or employee or physician engagement, for at least 3 years in a row.

Top Critical Access, Rural and Community Hospitals in US, 2022

View the 2022 list of top critical access hospitals (CAHs), rural and community hospitals in the U.S.  Compiled by iVantage Health Analytics, a Chartis Group company, for 2022. Methodology is not readily identified. America’s Best Hospitals 2021-2022: Honor Roll (20) identifies America’s Best Hospitals on the 2021-2022 Honor Roll. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), Cleveland Clinic (OH) and UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles) which edged out Johns Hopkins by one point, top the list of 20 US hospitals identified, who rank favorably in multiple specialties. Over 4,500 hospitals nationwide were evaluated. 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. Outcomes (such as Survival/mortality rate) for Medicare patients and Structure (such as nurse staffing and ICU specialists) are two of the factors used in the rankings for most of the specialties. Reputation assessed by other physicians was the only component used for Ophthalmology, Psychiatry and Rheumatology. 2021-2022 ratings use Medicare data from calendar years 2017-2019, and HCAHPS (patient satisfaction) scores from 2019. Published July 27, 2021. Best Hospitals 2021-2022: Cancer Rankings

Best Hospitals Cancer rankings for 2021-2022 from US News & World Report again named University of Texas MD Anderson (Houston, TX) and Memorial Sloan-Kettering (New York) as its 2021-2022 leaders of the top 50 hospitals for cancer care in the US. Scoring includes survival (30-day mortality), professional reputation, designation from the National Cancer Institute and other factors. Minimum number of Medicare cases was 195 (over 3 years, 2017-2019). Best Hospitals 2021-2022: Cardiology and Heart Surgery

Who are the best hospitals in cardiology and heart surgery for 2021-2022, according to the rankings?  The top of the Cardiac specialty list are Cleveland Clinic (Ohio) and Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN). Top 50 hospitals ranked. See if there is one in your state. Rankings include survival ratings using Medicare data from 2017 to 2019. Hospitals ranked higher if they participated in public transparency reporting by the medical professional societies. Minimum volume of 1,814 Medicare cases over 3 years (2017-2019). Best Hospitals 2021-2022: Diabetes Rankings

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston) lead the 2021-2022 US News & World Report ranking of 50 best hospitals for Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders. Uses Medicare data from 2017 to 2019 (required minimum number of 221 Medicare patients in this specialty, over a 3-year period). Best Hospitals 2021-2022: Ear, nose, and throat

US News rankings list of best hospitals for 2021-2022 in ear, nose and throat, uses 3 years of Medicare data (minimum number of 120 Medicare inpatients over 3 years 2017-2019), to select the top 50 best hospitals for ENT. Top of the list:  Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York), and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital (Boston). Best Hospitals 2021-2022: Gastroenterology

Find the best hospitals in gastroenterology for 2021-2022 from Fifty hospitals are ranked, using Medicare data 2017-2019, survival rates (30-day mortality scores), volume, reputation and other factors. Mayo Clinic once again leads the 2021-22 list; Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is ranked number 2. GI problems, inpatient Gall bladder cases, & bowel surgery are included in this best hospitals category. Minimum 3-year volume of 464 inpatient Medicare cases. Best Hospitals 2021-2022: Geriatrics Rankings

Mount Sinai (New York), and Cleveland Clinic, lead the 2021-2022 rankings of top 50 hospitals for geriatric care, from US News & World Report. List shows hospitals that do well at treating seniors ages 75 and up (at least 2,793 cases over 3 years) combining multiple specialties. Many of the 50 have Alzheimer’s Centers. Medicare survival (30-day mortality data) from 2017-2019. Best Hospitals 2021-2022: Gynecology Rankings

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) which received a “perfect score” and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York) lead the list of 2021-2022 best hospitals for Gynecology from US News & World Report. Gynecology rankings use data Medicare data from 2017 to 2019. Relative survival rates are included. Minimum 100 Medicare gynecology inpatients over 3 years. Best Hospitals 2021-2022: Neurology and Neurosurgery

US News & World Report’s list of top 50 hospitals for Neurology care and Neurosurgery. UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco) and New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell (New York) lead the 2021-2022 list. Stroke, carotid artery stent, craniotomy and multiple sclerosis included in this category. Minimum number of Medicare cases = 265 over 3 years, 2017-2019. Neuro rankings published July 2021. Best Hospitals 2021-2022: Orthopedics Rankings

Find the best hospitals in orthopedic rankings for 2021-2022, according to 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, volume, nurse staffing, discharge to home, reputation scores, survival rates, and more. Minimum number of Medicare cases: 266 over three years (2017-2019). Best Hospitals 2021-2022: Pulmonology (Respiratory) and Lung Surgery

Top 50 hospitals for respiratory problems, including Lung transplant, used Medicare data (including survival) expert opinion reputation, nurse and ICU staffing, and other factors. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and National Jewish Health, Denver-University of Colorado Hospital lead the list. Hospitals were required to treat at least 1,274 Medicare patients in Pulmonology and Lung Transplant over a 3-year period 2017 to 2019, in order to be ranked. 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 survival, services available, reputation and other factors. Best Hospitals 2021-2022: Rehabilitation Rankings

Find best rehab hospitals in the 2021-2022 rankings by Full ranking and scoring is now used, instead of Reputation scores only. The 50-ranked hospitals were led by Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago-RIC) and TIRR Memorial Hermann (Houston). You may wish to check other factors such as CARF Accreditation (put CARF in the search box at Consumer Health Ratings). While CARF accreditation is considered in the USnews rankings, 10 “best hospitals” are not CARF-accredited, including the #1 ranked rehab hospital. Minimum number of Medicare cases over a 3-year period (2017-2019) was 50. Best Hospitals 2021-2022: Urology Rankings

Find the best hospitals for urology, according to the rankings by for 2021-2022. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and Cleveland Clinic lead the Urology list of 50 best hospitals from US News & World Report. List uses Medicare data from 2017-2019, reputation and other factors; includes cases of prostatectomy, TURP, kidney stones and other urologic surgery. Minimum 66 Medicare cases over 3 years. Best Hospitals 2021: Ophthalmology (Eye)

Who are the best hospitals for eye surgery (ophthalmology) in 2021-2022, according to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at University of Miami Hospital, and Wills Eye Hospital at Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia top US News & World Report’s 2021-22 list of best hospital Ophthalmology programs.  Thirteen hospitals are listed for eye surgery, ranked using reputation scores only from 2019-2021 physician surveys. No clinical outcomes data were examined (except what individual physicians responding to the survey may have considered on their own). Best Hospitals 2021: Psychiatry Rankings

Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore) and McLean Hospital (Belmont, MA) lead the 2021-2022 best psychiatry hospitals list. Reputation scores only, from 2019, 2020 and 2021, were used by US News & World Report to select 11 hospitals. Psychiatric hospital rankings reflect physician opinions about who provides the best care for patients with the most challenging psychiatric conditions. Best Hospitals 2021: Rheumatology Rankings lists eleven best hospitals in the rheumatology rankings for 2021-2022. Hospitals were identified by using reputation scores only, from 2019, 2020 and 2021 surveys of rheumatology specialists in this US News & World Report list. Top of the list: Johns Hopkins (Baltimore) and Cleveland Clinic. High Performing Hospitals for Kidney Failure

US News and World Report’s discontinued its best hospital list for nephrology (kidney disease) in the 2021-2022 rankings. Instead, it lists hundreds (if not thousands) of hospitals that are high performing (vs.  average, or below average) in treating kidney failure. Medicare over 3 years, 2017 to 2019.

Watson Health (Truven) 100 Top Hospitals – 2021 National Winners

Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) lists names of top 100 hospitals for 2021. The ratings used categories according to size and teaching status using Medicare data primarily from 2018 and 2019, other publicly reported (at HospitalCompare) patient satisfaction scores (HCAHPS) and results such as mortality rates, readmissions, ER times and spending. While no data are shown for individual hospital performance, Watson Health 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 over a five-year period. Methodology examines survival, complications and readmissions, patient experience; efficiency and profitability. Published May 2021 by IBM Watson Health.

Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals – 2022

Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) 2021 selection of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals. Top selected hospitals with significant heart care programs are listed in categories: teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residencies, teaching hospitals without such residencies, and community hospitals. List only, organized alphabetically in each category. Study primarily used Medicare data from 2019 and 2020. Data period for some measures were based on the federal fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2020. Consequently, about 7 months of the Covid-19 pandemic period were included in half of the measures. The study examined both clinical outcomes (e.g. survival or mortality, complications, readmissions) and efficiency measures. In addition, pre-pandemic hospital patient experience scores from 2019 were added this year. Released November 2021 by IBM Watson Health.

Watson Health Top 15 Health Systems (2021)

Watson Health (formerly Truven Health) named 15 Top U.S. Health Systems for outcomes, efficiency, and patient satisfaction from their study. The study selected 15 top systems from 324 systems studied. Winning systems (5 large, 5 medium and 5 small systems) averaged 9.1 hospitals. A minimum of two hospitals was required. The study examined Medicare patients (MEDPAR data), CMS HospitalCompare data, Medicare cost reports, HCAHPS patient satisfaction scores and other data from 2018 and 2019. Published May 2021 by IBM Watson Health. America’s Best Hospitals Methodology 2021-2022 Editor's Pick

Delve into the methodology used in the 2021-2022 Best Hospitals rankings by US News & World Report. Medicare claims data were used from calendar years 2017-2019, patient satisfaction surveys from 2019, and surveys of physicians [3 years 2019, 2020 and 2021] are used. 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. Pediatric hospitals methodology also available.

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Accredited Heart Care Centers – American College of Cardiology

List of Accredited heart care centers from the nonprofit American College of Cardiology (ACC). The ACC accreditation program includes the Chest Pain Centers program previously within the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and the Society of Chest Pain Centers (both known as SCPC.) Some accredited centers have PCI (percutaneous cardiac intervention). Must meet emergency department requirements and standards for timely diagnosis and treatment. List is interactive by state or type of accreditation, including atrial fibrillation (A Fib), cardiac cath, chest pain center, heart failure, heartCARE center and more. Shows location of each hospital. Consumers might be surprised to learn that their favorite hospital’s heart program is not accredited.

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

Locate a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence or bariatric surgeon. Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) has designated hundreds of hospitals and surgeons, as Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence. Minimum volume is 80 cases per year for a Center of Excellence, and 50 cases per year, and 125 cases in a lifetime, for a Surgeon of Excellence. SRC is a non-profit corporation representing bariatric surgeons. It promotes high standards of care in weight loss surgery. List of centers by state; includes US, UK, Canada, Mexico and 20 other countries.

Cancer Centers Designated by National Cancer Institute (NCI) Editor's Pick

Find a Cancer Center. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has designated Cancer Centers, and Comprehensive Centers. There are 71 total in 37 states and DC. (Not all states have one.) Search by state, region or name. NCI-designated cancer centers display scientific excellence and are research-oriented. The National Cancer Institute is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Healthgrades – Hospital Awards for Outstanding Patient Experience, 2022

List of 399 hospitals that achieved the 2022 Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™, representing the top 15% of hospitals nationally. Data from January 2022 patient satisfaction survey responses reflect discharges from July 2020 to March 2021: Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. For the first time, the period covered includes the Covid pandemic. Published June 2022.

Hospital Compare – 30-day Death Rates, Heart Attack, Heart Failure & CABG Editor's Pick

Find 30-day death rates for cardiac hospitalizations: heart failure, heart attack and CABG patients. Hospital Compare, the 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 12.7% for heart attack, 11.3% for heart failure and 3% for CABG (heart bypass) surgery patients. Compare hospitals in your area. The report identifies if your hospital is significantly better or worse than the national value. Dates of data can be found under the Overall Star Rating: “Learn how Medicare calculates this rating” (get detail).  The data period for these measures was a 3-year period ending 6/30/2019; as shown May 20, 2022.

Hospital Compare – 30-day Death Rates, Pneumonia Patients Editor's Pick

Find 30-death rates for each hospital’s pneumonia patients at Hospital Compare. 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 15.3% for pneumonia (3 years ending 12-31-2019). Find pneumonia mortality ratings under Complications and Deaths measures. Results were updated January 2022.

Hospital Compare – 30-day Death Rates, Stroke Patients Editor's Pick

Find 30-day death rates for patients with stroke, at Hospital Compare. Select the Complications and Deaths tab after you’ve selected your hospitals. Federal government site from CMS shows whether hospitals met expected 30-day survival rates for Medicare stroke patients. The national Risk-Adjusted death rate (mortality rate) was 13.5% for stroke in the latest reporting period 3 years ending 2019. Updated 2022. Can also find percent of stroke patients in the emergency department who received a brain scan within 45 minutes of arrival. Listed under “Timely and Effective Care”.

Hospital Compare 30-day Death Rates, COPD Patients Editor's Pick

Find 30-day death rates for COPD patients at Hospital Compare. Select the Complications and Deaths tab after you’ve chosen the hospitals you want to compare. Federal government site from CMS shows whether hospitals met expected 30-day survival rates for Medicare COPD patients. The latest reported national Risk-Adjusted death rate (mortality rate) was 8.1% for COPD (3 year period ending 12-31-2019). Updated annually and each July. Updated January 2022.

How Good are Best Hospital Ratings for Cancer Surgery?

How good are the best hospital ratings for cancer surgery? A 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. Researchers specifically looked at pancreatectomy, esophagectomy and colectomy. Results were mixed. Researcher used Medicare 2005-2006 data. Read more. Full article is available.

How Good are the Hospital Report Card Ratings and Rankings? HANYS Editor's Pick

How good are the hospital report card ratings and rankings in 2019? HANYS found none of the main twelve types of reports (from nine organizations) for New York hospitals merited five stars. Just one – NY state department of health Clinical Reports – received four stars. Five others, including CMS Hospital Compare, the Joint Commission, and Vizient Quality Leadership Awards got 3 stars. See the ratings of the raters for Leapfrog, Healthgrades, IBM Watson Health, US News and World Report and Newsweek best hospitals lists evaluations. HANYS is the Healthcare Association of New York State. Except for the NY state dept. of health reports, the others are applicable to most hospitals in the United States. Published November 2019.

How Good are US News & World Report Best Hospital Rankings? (2017) Editor's Pick

How good are best hospital rankings? Here’s a recent 2017 caveat to using the US News’ Best Hospitals list. Authors looked at 5 specialties: cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology and orthopedics. They concluded that a hospital’s U.S. News score and relative ranking in the Best Hospital Rankings may be disproportionately influenced by its reputation. Article by Cua, Moffatt-Bruce and White, published in the American Journal of Medical Quality Feb. 1, 2017; link to abstract

Magnet Hospitals – Nursing Care Recognition

Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, to recognize hospitals and heath care organizations that provide nursing excellence. As of April 2022, there were 580 US Magnet hospitals or international: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Taiwan, Japan, England/UK, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, UAE. Of the US hospitals, less than 9% were Magnet hospitals as of May 2021, according to the website. Easiest to view on a map. Can also download the complete list in Excel format.

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