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U.S. News & World Report issues 2019-20 Best Hospitals list

Another renowned rating system recently released its list of top hospitals. U.S. News & World Report’s 30th annual Best Hospitals rankings take a few different elements into account this year to help patients make better decisions about their health care. 

As in previous years, U.S. News ranked hospitals in 12 specialties based on publicly available data, according to a press release: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery; and urology.

Each of these specialties has two brand-new patient centered measures that impact facilities’ rankings.

The first is a patient experience score that evaluates each hospital based on patient satisfaction, and the second is an outcome measure that looks at whether patients are discharged to their homes or to a skilled nursing facility or other institutional care setting.

U.S. News also created a new risk-adjustment model with enhancements that account for differences in hospitals’ patient mix to keep facilities from being ranked lower on the list if they primarily take care of sicker patients.

In addition, hospitals are evaluated based on patient outcomes for common conditions and procedures (e.g., joint replacement surgery, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Together, the changes are designed to provide “a more comprehensive assessment that is useful to patients, families and their medical professionals,” said Ben Harder, U.S. News & World Report’s managing editor and chief of health analysis, in the press release.

For the 2019-20 Best Hospitals rankings, only 165 hospitals out of over 4,500 evaluated by U.S. News were nationally ranked in a specialty, and 569 earned the distinction of Best Regional Hospital when compared to others in their state or metropolitan area on their ability to provide high-quality care.

Hospitals on the honor roll

This year, more than 20 hospitals made the Best Hospitals’ Honor Roll, meaning they were nationally ranked in one or more specialties while earning high marks for treating common conditions.

Here are the 2019-20 honor-roll facilities:

  1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  2. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
  4. Cleveland Clinic
  5. New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, New York
  6. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
  7. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco
  8. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
  9. NYU Langone Hospitals, New York
  10. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
  11. University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI
  12. Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, Stanford, CA
  13. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
  14. Mount Sinai Hospital, New York
  15. UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA
  16. Keck Hospital of USC, Los Angeles
  17. University of Wisconsin Hospitals, Madison
  18. (tie) Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia; (tie) Mayo Clinic-Phoenix
  19. (tie) Houston Methodist Hospital; (tie) Yale New Haven Hospital, Connecticut

Hospitals can look at the innovative care practices used by each top facility and replace their old protocols with winning strategies from these honorees.

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