HCTW news brief: Top hospitals are improving faster, says HealthGrades

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, February 5, 2010

HealthGrades recently released its eighth HealthGrades Annual Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study and the results show that the top 5% of U.S. hospitals are improving faster than the rest of the field. The same top hospitals have a 29% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate and a 9% lower risk-adjusted complication rate than other U.S. hospitals.

The conclusions are based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for 26 patient outcomes at all 5,000 non-federal hospitals in the country from 2006 through 2008. Those hospitals that placed in the top 5% of all hospitals for risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates, and who qualified based on quality ratings, patient volumes, and types of care provided, were recognized as one of HealthGrades' Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence. This year, 269 hospitals received this distinction.


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