Sorting out hospital rankings
Some of the most common questions and discussions on AHCJ's electronic discussion list involve the various hospital rankings, such as those from HealthGrades, Solucient and the Beacon Awards. To avoid unnecessary discussion on the list, we've compiled some information here about hospital rankings.
Making sense of hospital quality reports: A report in the December 2008 issue of Health Affairs found serious flaws in the public reporting of hospital quality data. In this Q&A, one of the authors, Michael Rothberg, M.D., M.P.H., a researcher at Tufts University in Boston, discusses the findings.
Covering Health: Consider source when reporting hospital rankings
Tip sheet: Charles Ornstein of ProPublica wrote a thorough tip sheet about how to cover your local hospital, including information about HealthGrades and other hospital rankings.
Past discussions on AHCJ's electronic discussion list:
- postings from 2008 about HealthGrades
- postings from 2007 about HealthGrades
- postings from 2007 about Joint Commission reviews
- postings from 2007 about Beacon Awards
- postings from 2007 about Solucient's top 100
For more recent posts, search the archive.