Many of the ranking systems require hospitals to pay to advertise an award, or to participate in a reporting program, which Conroy says has made hospitals feel "like they're being 'held up' a little bit, because a lot of them charge you to use their ranking publicly. And CEOs have to make hard decisions about that because they have limited resources, which should be directed toward patient care."
A Different Version for Hospitals
The three-page AAMC document is backed by America's Essential Hospitals, the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association of the United States and the Federation of American Hospitals. But the publicly distributed version stops short of actually saying which rating systems comply with which of the 25 aspects a good rating system should have.
Hospitals have access to a longer version of the document, which evaluates two Leapfrog scoring systems, Hospital Compare, Healthgrades, and U.S. News and World Report. But that version is not available to the public, Henderson says.
Why not publicly distribute who meets the new criteria?
"We didn't want to be an evaluator," Conroy says, "because there are other organizations that do that," although she says the AAMC group may do that in the future.
HANYS gave The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Hospital Compare three stars for meeting most of HANYS criteria.