The renowned Truven Health Analytics annual 100 Top Hospitals® study incorporates independent public data; proprietary, risk-adjusted and peer-reviewed methodology; and key performance metrics to arrive at an objective, independent analysis of the best hospitals in the nation. Hospitals do not apply for consideration, and winners do not pay to market this honor. Study results and winner lists are highly anticipated each year, and have been for more than two decades.
Our study is unique — and has become the standard for measuring quality of hospital care in the United States. It evaluates hospitals on measures of overall organizational performance, including patient care, operational efficiency, financial stability, and patient perception of care. It compares hospitals only against similar facilities in terms of size and teaching status. And it is the only study of its kind that uses a proven, national balanced scorecard.
Identified annually from nearly 3,000 U.S. hospitals, our award winners continue to seize improvement opportunities and adjust their strategies to make delivering exceptional healthcare value a high priority.
100 Top Hospitals Everest Award
A select few of our award winners each year also earn the Everest Award. This award honors hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years.
2016 100 Top Hospitals Award Winners Announced Feb. 29, 2016
Our 2016 award winners are transforming their organizations to meet new challenges. That focus on transformation and innovation has become a blueprint for forward momentum and the ongoing journey to excellence.
Based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:
- Nearly 104,000 additional lives could be saved
- Nearly 48,400 additional patients could be complication-free
- More than $2 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
- The typical patient could be released from the hospital one-half day sooner and would have 2 percent fewer expenses related to the complete episode of care than the median patient in the U.S.
- Nearly 245,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days
- Patients would spend 10 minutes less in hospital emergency departments per visit
New Ranked Metrics in the 2016 Study
This year, we have added new core measures for stroke care and blood clot prevention, in place of the retired acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care core measures. These updated core measures provide a new challenge to hospitals to raise the bar on basic standards of care for two additional groups of patients. We also added emergency department throughput measures to expand our measurement of process efficiency in a department that is an important healthcare access point for every community. These enhancements, and our efforts to persistently develop the national balanced scorecard, ensure that our study continues to reflect healthcare executives’ determination to transform the delivery system and manage the full continuum of care, including the prominent shift from inpatient to outpatient utilization.
Watch for our 2017 study release coming Winter 2017.