Several reasons explain the increase in top quality hospitals, say Bowie and Sprenger. For example, because the agency added four measures to evaluate inpatient psychiatric services, 43 hospitals with freestanding inpatient psychiatric units could be included.
It also added five measures for making sure patients have adequate treatment to prevent blood clots and eight measures for evaluating adequacy of stroke care.
Additionally, about 376 more hospitals were eligible for the "top quality" ranking.
Nancy Foster, vice president, quality and patient safety policy for the American Hospital Association, calls the commission's review of top hospitals "good news for patients, families, and communities.
"It shows that hospitals across the country are providing the right care to patients at the right time and have made great strides in improvement over the past several years. While the report highlights certain Joint Commission-accredited hospitals as being “top performers,” the report also notes that all accredited hospitals are improving the quality of care they provide."