U.S. News & World Report releases annual “Best Hospitals” list

U.S. News & World Report has released its annual “Best Hospitals” list, according to the U.S. News website.  Massachusetts General Hospital tops the list for the first time. 

According to U.S. News & World Report, to be eligible for ranking in any of the 12 data-dependent specialties, a hospital first has to satisfy at least one of four criteria: It has to be a teaching hospital, or be affiliated with a medical school, or have at least 200 beds, or have at least 100 beds and offer at least four of eight specific medical technologies, such as a PET/CT scanner and certain precise radiation therapies.  The hospitals next have to meet a volume requirement to be eligible in a particular specialty.

Eligible hospitals were than ranked using the following methodology:

  • Mortality Rate (32.5 percent)
  • Reputation (32.5 percent).  This score is based on a survey sent to physicians asking them to list the hospitals they consider to be the best in their specialty for complex or difficult cases without considering location or expense.
  • Other care-related indicators (30 percent). These include nurse staffing, technology, and other measures that have been found to be related to quality of care.
  • Patient safety score (5 percent). This score reflects how hard a hospital works to prevent six types of the most harmful types of medical errors.

Hospitals that made the “honor roll” score at or near the top in at least six of 16 medical specialties:

  • Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston)           
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore)
  • Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.)
  • Cleveland Clinic              
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles)        
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University (St. Louis, Mo.)              
  • New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
  • Duke University Medical Center (Durham, N.C.)              
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston)           
  • UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center               
  • NYU Langone Medical Center (New York City)
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago)      
  • UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco)    
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York City)     
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)           
  • Indiana University Health (Indianapolis)              
  • University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers (Ann Arbor)

(Source: U.S. News & World Report, http://health.usnews.com/, July 17, 2012)