Internet Hospital Ratings (from Kaiser Health News)

The excerpt below is from the March 18, 2013, article written by Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News.

Here is a guide to understanding the ways in which hospitals are rated on the Internet:

Medicare’s Hospital Compare: This government site publishes dozens of quality measures that private ratings groups use for their own rankings [comparing three hospitals at a time].

Consumer Reports: This nonprofit calculates a “safety score” on a 100-point scale based on infection, error and readmission rates as well as good communication from doctors and nurses [subscription needed].

Healthgrades: This private company rates hospitals in up to two dozen specialties and provides some of the Hospital Compare data in a user-friendly format. Healthgrades also gives out awards and distinctions in various specialties.

The Joint Commission: This accrediting group tells you if a hospital has passed its certification reviews.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score  This nonprofit group uses information from its own surveys as well as government data to come up with a letter grade for how well hospitals protect patients from unnecessary harm.

Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals This private company selects best hospitals in five categories based on their size and whether they are teaching institutions or community hospitals. It also picks 15 top hospital systems and best cardiovascular hospitals.

U.S. News and World Report Alone among raters, this media company surveys specialists for their opinions in choosing the best national and regional hospitals in different specialties. For 12 specialties, reputation makes up a third of the score, with data determining the rest. In four specialties the ratings are entirely based on reputation. U.S. News also ranks best children’s hospitals.

One Comment on "Internet Hospital Ratings (from Kaiser Health News)"

  1. Thanks for the information — no one any more important than the others, but JC is definitely a must meet in the eyes of all HC professionals and administrators.

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