According to a new study, hospitals rated in the top 5% in the nation:
- have a 29% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate
- showed an average of 13.91% improvement in risk-adjusted mortality from 2006 through 2008, versus 10.41% improvement for all other hospitals
- had risk-adjusted complication rates that were 9% lower than all other hospitals
- are improving their clinical quality at a faster pace than other hospitals
- Source: “Top Hospitals Have 29% Lower Mortality, Improving Faster: Annual HealthGrades Study,” HealthGrades press release, January 26, 2010, http://www.healthgrades.com/media/DMS/pdf/HealthGradesDHACERelease2010.pdf
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