Quality Center

Volume Plays Role in Quality Outcomes

The American Medical Association now recognizes obesity as a disease to be treated. More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, and that number is forecasted to double in the next 20 years. As a result, the demand for treatment options for obesity—including bariatric surgery—is likely to increase. Our 2014 analysis looks at the different types of bariatric surgery, most frequently occurring complications, and how hospitals with the highest volume had the lowest complication rates.

Women Use Quality Data in Healthcare Decisions

A woman’s healthcare needs vary throughout her lifetime. And the quality of care she receives can vary greatly depending on where she receives care. Our 2014 analysis shows where hospitals excelled in providing care for women across a spectrum of specialties and how this information should directly influence a woman’s final decision for care.

Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation

The assumption that the nearest hospital is as good a choice as any other hospital is risky. Our annual report shows that hospital performance varies considerably among different procedures and conditions, as well as between hospitals within the same city. Higher complication and mortality rates not only have a personal impact on patients, they also drive up healthcare costs.

How We Measure Hospital Quality

Healthgrades rates hospital quality based solely on objective measures of performance—mortality and complication rates. Simply put, we ask if patients died or experienced a complication during their stay in the hospital for a range of common procedures and conditions. Healthgrades measures 40 million patient records from 4,500 hospitals nationwide for the most recent three-year period.

Healthcare Quality Matters

It means the difference between life and death, or quickly getting back into action

What Americans don’t know about their doctors and hospitals could be putting them at risk. While all hospitals are committed to providing quality care, hospital clinical outcomes vary among hospitals. Our reports on clinical quality highlight this disparity and identify hospitals who achieve superior clinical outcomes in care areas and specific conditions and procedures. Knowing this information before you seek care can improve your chances for the best outcome possible.

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Recent Reports & Ratings

New! Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Awards 2014
Healthgrades Women's Services Awards 2014
Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Awards 2014

About Healthgrades

More than 250 million visitors use Healthgrades websites annually to find, compare, select and connect with a doctor or hospital, and use its comprehensive information about clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions. Take charge of your healthcare at  Healthgrades.com or download the new Healthgrades iPhone app from  iTunes. To learn more about our reports or methodologies please  click here. To view our Quality Advertising Guidelines, please  click here.

California All-Payer Data Not Available
The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development decided not to release age and sex information as part of its publicly available 2012 all-payer data set. This decision was based on their interpretation of a new HIPAA/HITECH OMNIBUS regulation. Because age and sex are statistically significant variables in the risk-adjustment processes that we use to analyze hospital quality, we were unable to use the California data to rate California hospitals. Therefore, we were unable to recognize California hospitals with awards for appendectomy, bariatric surgery, gynecological surgery, and maternity care. Healthgrades is committed to providing transparency in quality for consumers and hospitals alike. We have asked the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for reconsideration on this matter as we feel it is in the best interest of California patients and hospitals for this information to be made publically available.

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