DENVER, May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The findings of a journal article published in the May issue
"While we're encouraged by the study authors' attempts to help patients find accurate quality information, in this case this study may have the opposite effect and might actually discourage patients from getting the information they need to make critically important health care decisions," said Dr. Rick May, HealthGrades Vice President, Accelerated Clinical Excellence. "More than 10 million patients a month visit HealthGrades.com looking for information on hospitals and doctors and they trust us to provide the most accurate information on health care quality. We take that responsibility seriously and that's why, for the last decade, we have conducted the most rigorous statistical analyses of hospital quality in America. We stand firmly behind the accuracy of our hospital ratings, including our list of America's 50 Best Hospitals."
HealthGrades identified major flaws in the methodology upon which the Archives of Surgery study findings are based.
HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals are determined by independently and objectively analyzing more than 100 million Medicare patient records for 27 medical procedures and conditions. To be included in the analysis, hospitals must have met minimum thresholds in terms of patient volumes, quality ratings, and the range of services provided. Individuals may compare their local hospitals online at HealthGrades.com. HealthGrades' hospital ratings are independently created; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared equally.
Complete procedure-by-procedure comparisons of the HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals and all others can be found at HealthGrades.com. A comprehensive methodology for this award and all HealthGrades hospital ratings and rankings is also available online.
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