Healthgrades Data Sources

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance, Healthgrades analyzes patient outcome data for virtually every hospital in the country. Specifically, Healthgrades uses the following data sources for its various ratings and awards.

The following convention is used below: the Healthgrades rating/award year, the data source including data years, and the date the rating/award was released on the Healthgrades website.

Appendectomy

  • 2014: Individual states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, MA, MD, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI) for years 2009 through 2011. Updated 10/22/2013.
  • 2013: Individual states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI) for years 2008 through 2010. Updated 10/23/2012.
  • 2012: Individual states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI) for years 2007 through 2009. Updated 10/18/2011.

Bariatric Surgery

  • 2014: Individual states (AZ, CO, FL, IA, MA, MD, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI) for years 2010 through 2012. Updated 7/15/2014
  • 2013: Individual states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, MA, MD, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI) for years 2009 through 2011. Updated 7/16/2013.
  • 2012: Individual states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI) for years 2008 through 2010. Updated 7/31/2012.

Gynecologic Surgery

  • 2014: Individual states (AZ, CO, FL, IA, MA, MD, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI) for years 2010 through 2012. Updated 6/17/2014.
  • 2013: Individual states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, MA, MD, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI) for years 2009 through 2011. Updated 6/18/2013.
  • 2012: Individual states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI) for years 2008 through 2010. Updated 6/19/2012.

Maternity Care

  • 2014: Individual states (AZ, CO, FL, IA, MA, MD, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI) for years 2010 through 2012. Updated 6/17/2014.
  • 2013: Individual states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, MA, MD, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI) for years 2009 through 2011. Updated 6/18/2013.
  • 2012: Individual states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI) for years 2008 through 2010. Updated 6/19/2012.

 Women's Health

  • 2014: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for years 2010 through 2012. Updated 6/17/2014.
  • 2013: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for years 2009 through 2011. Updated 6/18/2013.
  • 2012: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for years 2008 through 2010. Updated 6/19/2012.

All Other Procedures/Conditions

  • 2015: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for years 2011 through 2013. Updated 10/21/2014.
  • 2014: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for years 2010 through 2012. Updated 10/22/2013.
  • 2013: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for years 2009 through 2011. Updated 10/23/2012.

Emergency Medicine

  • 2012: Emergency department admissions for 12 diagnoses from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for years 2008 through 2010. Updated 2/21/2012.
  • 2011: Emergency department admissions for 12 diagnoses from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for years 2007 through 2009. Updated 4/12/2011.
  • 2010: Emergency department admissions for 11 diagnoses from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for years 2006 through 2008. Updated 6/23/2010.

Outstanding Patient Experience

  • 2014: Patient experience surveys from HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) obtained from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for April 2012 through March 2013. Updated 4/8/2014.
  • 2013: Patient experience surveys from HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) obtained from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for April 2011 through March 2012. Updated 4/9/2013.
  • 2012: Patient experience surveys from HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) obtained from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for April 2010 through March 2011. Updated 5/22/2012.

Pediatric Patient Safety

  • 2010: Pediatric patient safety is based on eight patient safety indicators from individual states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NJ, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI) for years 2006 through 2008. Updated 8/4/2010.

Organ Transplant

Transplant Excellence award recipients are identified based on the most recent Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) Program data. Healthgrades uses data provided by the SRTR to determine award status; however, the SRTR is not in any way involved in determining award status. For more information about the SRTR’s transplant program, or about the methods used for computing organ transplant measures, please visit the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) website at www.ustransplant.org

  • 2012: Updated: 11/15/2011.
  • 2011: Updated: 11/17/2010.
  • 2010: Updated: 11/17/2009.

 Distinctions

Readmission Rates

Timely and Effective Care

For more information on how Healthgrades rates hospitals, see our methodologies

Some hospitals have multiple locations that report under the same Medicare Provider ID. In cases where Healthgrades is able to identify hospitals reporting jointly, Healthgrades uses results for all locations in the analysis, and each of the facilities receives the same rating and is designated as an award recipient if an award is received.

Focus on the most important outcomes. In Fall 2013, Healthgrades removed the 180-day mortality rating. Healthgrades is placing more emphasis on patient outcomes that are most important to consumers (in-hospital mortality), and those that are consistent with national quality improvement efforts (mortality within 30 days of hospital admission).

Date Last Updated: October 21, 2014

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