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Top hospitals have 27 percent lower mortality, annual HealthGrades study finds
Date:1/30/2008

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Methodology

In its 2008 study, HealthGrades independently and objectively analyzed millions of patient records from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for fiscal years 2004, 2005 and 2006, for 27 medical procedures and diagnoses. To qualify for the list, hospitals were required to meet minimum thresholds in terms of patient volumes, quality ratings and the range of services provided. Prior to comparing the inhospital mortality and complication rates of the nations hospitals, HealthGrades risk-adjusted the data, to compare on equal footing hospitals that treated sicker patients. Hospitals with risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that scored in the top five percent or better nationally which demonstrates superior overall clinical performance were then recognized as Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence.

HealthGrades methodology can be found in the study and on the companys Web site.


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