Thomson Reuters releases annual list of 100 top hospitals

Thomson Reuters has released its annual list of 100 top hospitals in the U.S., according to a press release. 

To compile the report, researchers use public data, including Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website to evaluate performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for heart attack,  heart failure, and pneumonia. 

Key findings from the report:

  • The winners had 5 percent fewer deaths than expected, considering patient severity, while their non-winning peers had only 1 percent fewer deaths.
  • The winners had lower 30-day mortality and readmission rates than non-winning hospitals.
  • Patients at the winning hospitals had 5 percent fewer complications than expected, considering patient severity, while their non-winning peers had 1 percent more complications than expected. 

Click here to see the list of winning hospitals. 

(Sources: The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, April 18, 2012; Thomson Reuters, http://www.100tophospitals.com, April 16, 2012