Sifting through Medicare hospital rating data, USA Today reporters Steve Sternberg and Christopher Schnaars found an enlightening disconnect between patients’ subjective ratings of hospitals and hospital performance on quantitative measures such as death and readmission rates.
“This is a very important finding,” says Donald Berwick, director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, adding that though patient-survey data offer critical insights into how it feels to be a patient at different hospitals, patients’ perceptions don’t tell the whole story.
The story is packaged with an infographic that allows readers to look up ratings for local hospitals.
- Updated hospital data allows reporters to identify ongoing problems: The release this month of federal data on hospital quality is a good reminder for reporters to give their local hospitals a checkup. To give you a head start, Charles Ornstein, senior reporter at ProPublica and AHCJ’s president, has done some preliminary analysis and points out states in which hospitals fared well and the states where hospitals did poorly.
- Deciphering hospital quality data
- Sorting out hospital rankings
- Making sense of hospital quality reports
- Analyze patient satisfaction surveys to evaluate local hospitals