TOP 100: Best Hospitals Have 14% Lower Mortality
HCIA today released the findings of its seventh annual 100 Top Hospitals study, which compares providers based on quality and cost data reported to Medicare. The report aims to determine "who delivers good quality care in the most efficient manner," HCIA head analyst Jean Chenoweth told USA Today. Among the findings:
- Adjusting for acuity, benchmark hospitals have 14% fewer patient deaths, 12% shorter LOS and 12% higher occupancy than their peers (Vergano, 12/13).
- If all U.S. hospitals operated as efficiently as the top 100, industry savings would exceed $31 billion annually.
- With 44 hospitals listed, Southern states performed best; only nine Northeastern hospitals made the list (HCIA release).