Denver, Colo. (Oct. 23, 2018)—Today, Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, released the 2019 Report to the Nation, an analysis of nearly 4,500 acute care hospitals and their variation in clinical quality and outcomes. Healthgrades also released the 2019 National Health Index, a study of cities getting healthcare right.
Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation
In the 2019 analysis, Healthgrades evaluated hospital performance relative to 32 common conditions and procedures, offering insight on the variation in clinical quality and outcomes across the country. The analysis found that patients treated at hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a lower risk of dying and a lower risk of experiencing one or more complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at hospitals receiving a 1-star rating in that procedure or condition. From 2015 through 2017, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 222,210 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,210 complications could potentially have been avoided.*
“Consumers have many choices for healthcare, but most important is understanding that there is a significant variation in care from hospital to hospital and doctor to doctor. In fact, hospitals within close proximity to each other can have significant differences in complication and mortality rates for the same condition or procedure,” said Brad Bowman, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “The analysis of hospital quality is intended to spotlight the importance of doing your homework before selecting your care. It could be a matter of life or death.”
Healthgrades National Health Index
Healthgrades also released the 2019 National Health Index, a study** of cities across the country getting healthcare right. Rochester, MN, Burlington, VT, Charleston, SC, Cinci