If all Medicare patients received care equal to that provided by hospitals that made Thomson Reuters' new top 100 list for 2012, 186,000 people who died would be alive, more than $4.3 billion would be saved, and about 56,000 patients would have avoided complications from hospital procedures they otherwise endured.
Thomson Reuters made that assessment after evaluating 2,886 short-term acute-care, non federal hospitals for quality characteristics that included Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, as well as core measures and patient experience scores tallied by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to come up with this year's list.
"Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor," the company said in a news release.
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"This year, the concentration of 100 Top Hospitals award winners has shifted significantly, with Texas, Florida, and California housing the most winners," Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters, said in a media statement. "A major change in performance geographically is an encouraging indication that the bar for quality care has been raised once again."
The organization compares performance in 10 areas, including mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average patient stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for three conditions—heart attack, pneumonia and congestive heart failure.
Included in the list for the fourth year is a subset of "Everest Award" winners, those hospitals that improved the most over five years. This year, there are 12 in this category. Those receiving the Everest are indicated below with an asterisk.
The company has produced this top hospitals list since 1993. This year, the hospitals are grouped into five categories: