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Healthgrades Names 2021 'America's Best Hospitals'

Analysis  |  By John Commins  
   February 10, 2021

Healthgrades analyzed the performance of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide across 32 conditions and procedures.

Healthgrades this week released its 2021 America's Best Hospitals report, ranking the nation's top 50, 100 and 250 top performers for treating 32 of the most common conditions and procedures.

"Now more than ever, consumers understand the importance of researching hospitals and finding the best organization to meet their healthcare needs," said Healthgrades CMO Brad Bowman, MD.

The 2021 study period looks at Medicare Fiscal Years 2017-2019.

Healthgrades analyzed the performance of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide across 32 conditions and procedures, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, respiratory failure, sepsis, and stroke.

Patient in hospitals that make the Healthgrades list have a 27.4% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award. If all hospitals were as successful as Healthgrades' top hospitals, 167,235 lives could potentially have been saved, the report states. 

Healthgrades says the top hospitals on its list share common characteristics, including: a full embrace of patient-centered care; setting aggressive goals to improve outcomes; recognizing that all employees, from brain surgeons to janitors, are stakeholders in quality improvement; and having the courage to admit what isn’t working and removing obstacles to quality improvement.

"Especially in this era of COVID-19, we commend the recipients of the Healthgrades America's Best Hospitals Awards for their commitment to providing superior outcomes and keeping their communities safe," Bowman said.

“Now more than ever, consumers understand the importance of researching hospitals and finding the best organization to meet their healthcare needs.”

John Commins is a content specialist and online news editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.


KEY TAKEAWAYS

Healthgrades analyzed the performance of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide across 32 conditions and procedures, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, respiratory failure, sepsis, and stroke.

Patient in hospitals that make the Healthgrades list have a 27.4% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award.

If all hospitals were as successful as Healthgrades' top hospitals, the report estimates that 167,235 lives could have been saved. The 2021 study period looks at Medicare Fiscal Years 2017-2019.


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