Thomson Reuters has released the names of the nation's top 15 hospital systems, according to a news brief. The results are included in the organization's fourth annual study of U.S. health care systems.
Researchers analyzed quality of care; patient perception of care; efficiency; length of stay; mortality rates; and patient safety. Only U.S. health systems with more than two non-federal hospitals were considered.
The results are broken down into three comparison groups based on the total operating expense of each system (TOE):
Large Health Systems (more than $1.5 billion in TOE)
Medium Health Systems ($750 million - $1.5 million in TOE)
Small Health Systems (less than $750 million in TOE)
Overall, the nation's top hospital systems boast a lower 30-day post-discharge mortality rate; 17% fewer deaths than expected; fewer complications; shorter hospital stays; and better adherence to patient safety mechanisms.
If you live nearby, it might be time to switch hospitals.
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