HealthGrades Announces America’s 50 Best Hospitals

HealthGrades America’s 50 Hospitals are located in 28 cities in 19 states. The West Palm Beach, Fla. area leads the nation with six of these top-performing hospitals. Chicago and Cleveland come in next with four recognized hospitals each.  New York had no hospitals make the list this year but NJ had both Hackensack University Medical Center – Hackensack, NJ and Community Medical Center – Toms Rivers, NJ make the list.

To find out if one of these elite hospitals is in your community, click here.

America’s 50 Best hospitals demonstrated superior and sustained clinical quality over an eleven year time period, based on an analysis of more than 140 million Medicare patient records. To be recognized with this elite distinction, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were in the top 5% in the nation for the most consecutive years.

On average, patients treated at America’s 50 Best Hospitals had a nearly 30% lower risk of death and 3% lower rate of complications. HealthGrades study found that if all U.S. hospitals had performed at this level, more than a half million Medicare deaths could have been prevented between 1999 and 2009.

Health Grades Announcing 2011 Hospital Patient Saftey Excellence Awards

What does it mean to achieve Patient Safety Excellence? It means realizing the lowest comparable risk-adjusted incidence of patient harm. HealthGrades is celebrating National Patient Safety Week by recognizing the nation’s top-performing hospitals with our eighth annual Patient Safety Excellence Award. 

In this annual study of patient safety, HealthGrades evaluates the impact of 13 types of patient safety events that occur in American hospitals. Preventable medical errors are so pervasive and costly to the government that the proposed rule for the hospital value-based purchasing program for Medicare inpatient services released in January 2011 contains four measures of patient safety utilizing the AHRQ Patient Safety indicators.

New York had seven hospital receive this honor, go to page 18 to see the recepients. Southampton Hospital didnt receive this honor this year but they received a 5-star rating for the quality of its Hip Fracture Repair, Treatment of Pneumonia and GI Surgeries and Procedures. Eastern long Island Hospital also received a 5-Star rating for the quality of its Hip Fracture Repair.

Beginning in 2014, these indicators will be weighted and contribute to each hospital’s total performance score and will drive the value-based incentive payment for the facility. Which ones will directly impact your hospital’s compensation in the near future? Find out!

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