Many of the hospitals on the list were recognized for achieving top scores in four categories and one, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Bedford, made the cut in six. Sentara CaraPlex Hospital in Hampton, VA; SSM Health Care - St. Louis, in Richmond Heights, MO; and Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson, AZ, achieved recognition in five categories.
Of the top performers, 43 hospitals received recognition on only one measure set for performance of their freestanding psychiatric or hospitals with inpatient psychiatric units.
In a separate fact sheet, the Joint Commission emphasized that "most hospitals not recognized as Top Performers are performing well on accountability measures, but there is still room for improvement."
The Joint Commission is the primary accreditation organization for the nation's hospitals, and its blessing is the main way hospitals are approved to receive federal reimbursement for care provided to Medicare or Medicaid patients.
Its accreditation survey results and complaint investigations, however, have been a subject of controversy. Last year, for example, 60 consumer health advocacy organizations called for the commission to be more transparent about the information it gathers about hospital quality.