Healthgrades Research Reports, Top Hospitals, and Methodologies
Evaluating Hospital Quality Based on Clinical OutcomesTo help consumers understand, compare and evaluate hospital performance, Healthgrades provides objective, comprehensive information about hospital quality in America’s hospitals. Unlike other hospital quality analyses, Healthgrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes—risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications.
Our analysis is based on more than 45 million Medicare medical claims records for the most recent three-year time period available. The data measures hospital performance for the most common in-hospital procedures and conditions and adjusts for each patient’s risk factors, such as, age, gender, and medical condition.
Recognizing Superior PerformanceHealthgrades recognizes the top-performing hospitals in the nation that have achieved quality excellence in particular specialties, clinical excellence, and patient safety. Healthgrades releases a comprehensive review of all hospitals each fall; and announces specialty achievements throughout the year on an annual basis.
As a result of our annual reports, the largest and most comprehensive of their kind, Healthgrades recognizes top hospitals in the nation that have an outstanding commitment to quality. The list below includes both the annual reports and the list of top hospitals based on our analysis.