Study Rates States' Hospital Care

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By Admin on October 16, 2007 1:56 PM

Patients at the country's top-ranked hospitals are 71 percent less likely to die, when compared with patient mortality ratings at the lowest-ranked hospitals, according to a study released by HealthGrades, a healthcare ratings company. The study examined cases of patient mortality in 18 different medical procedures and health conditions. HealthGrades calls the assessment of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide "the most comprehensive annual study of its kind, cover[ing] more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records over the years 2004 to 2006." The study ranks trends in hospitals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.