HealthGrades releases list of America’s 50 best hospitals

HealthGrades has released its list of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2011, according to a HealthGrades press release. 

To compile the list, HealthGrades analyzed data from Medicare claims for 26 common procedures and treatments.  Hospitals selected for the list have risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were in the top 5% in the nation for these conditions. On average, patients treated at America’s 50 Best Hospitals had a nearly 30% lower risk of death and 3% lower rate of complications. 

HealthGrades estimates that if all U.S. hospitals had performed at this level, more than a half million Medicare deaths could have been prevented between 1999 and 2009. 

(Sources: HealthGrades, http://www.healthgrades.com, February, 2011; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, February 23, 2011)