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Truven Health names top 100 hospitals based on performance

Friday March 14, 2014
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Truven Health Analytics released its annual study identifying the 100 top U.S. hospitals based on overall organizational performance.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard.

The scorecard measures hospital performance across 10 areas: mortality, inpatient complications, patient safety, average patient stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

Based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities, more than 165,000 additional lives and $5.4 billion could be saved, nearly 90,000 additional patients could be complication-free and the average patient stay would decrease by a half-day.

“Employers and payers are increasingly seeking network hospitals that consistently provide demonstrated value — hospitals that deliver higher quality, higher satisfaction and lower cost,” Jean Chenoweth, Truven Health Analytics senior vice president, said in a news release. “The 100 Top Hospitals have been objectively proven to provide high value, and the majority of them have demonstrated year-over-year increased value, as well.”

For the sixth year, Truven Health Analytics also is recognizing the 100 Top Hospitals Everest Award winners — those hospitals among the 100 winners that delivered the greatest rate of improvement over five years. There are 14 Everest winners.

“The economics of healthcare delivery continue to evolve radically as hospitals face the challenges of the convergence of risk and care management,” Mike Boswood, president and CEO of Truven Health Analytics, said in the news release. “In the face of such pervasive changes, our objective and independent measurement shows that these winning hospitals have found ways to achieve excellent patient outcomes while maintaining financial performance.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 2,803 short-term, acute-care, nonfederal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market the honor.

Top 100 hospitals and additional information: http://100tophospitals.com/studies_and_winners/100_top_hospitals/


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