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U.S. News Releases 'Best Hospitals' Rankings

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2011

While popular with consumers and coveted among hospital marketers, the U.S. News rankings have generated questions about the objectivity of measures. In a study published in last year in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a Cleveland physician said the rankings were based on reputations that did not necessarily correlate with objective quality.

"I was thinking that if we did professional football this way, we would just say let's give the Super Bowl trophy to the Dallas Cowboys without them playing any games because they have a national reputation for being a good team," Ashwini Sehgal, MD, wrote. "I think the main message . . . is that the rankings are not really good measures of quality of care. They are simply measures of national reputation."


John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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4 comments on "U.S. News Releases 'Best Hospitals' Rankings"


Mike (7/21/2011 at 11:39 PM)
Kaiser Permanente is the best health care provider in the country. Now they single out hospitals, that is fine, they should also and maybe they do list the best providers such as Kaiser.

Pat Combs (7/21/2011 at 7:11 PM)
We all know those first 5 are good but what about the rest?

Harry Willis (7/21/2011 at 8:42 AM)
Hello, I think it is a great thing to make the list of America's top ranked hospitals but I think all that made the list should be recognized as well.