To help consumers understand, compare and evaluate hospital performance, Healthgrades provides objective, comprehensive information about healthcare quality in America’s hospitals.
Unlike other hospital quality analyses, Healthgrades evaluates hospital quality for conditions and procedures based solely on clinical outcomes. We measure hospital performance for the most common in-hospital procedures and conditions and adjust for each patient’s risk factors, such as age, gender and medical condition.
Our analysis is based on more than 45 million Medicare medical claims records for the most recent three-year time period available from nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide.
With each release of new ratings, Healthgrades data scientists analyze data trends and identify new insights and information related to care improvement efforts. We’re pleased to provide an ongoing study of the data and findings that can help both consumers and providers inform their healthcare decisions.
Our mission has always been to provide transparent information to consumers in a marketplace that is not well-known for transparency. We provide standardized, risk-adjusted quality performance data to hospitals to help them focus their quality improvement efforts and assist them in improving processes dedicated toward their core mission: providing the highest quality care to patients. Our ongoing commitment to providing transparency requires that we maintain scientific rigor with every evaluation and analysis that we conduct. We follow a set of guiding principles in collecting and analyzing data to achieve this goal.
The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development decided not to release age and sex information as part of its publicly available 2012 all-payer data set. This decision was based on their interpretation of a new HIPAA/HITECH OMNIBUS regulation. Because age and sex are statistically significant variables in the risk-adjustment processes that we use to analyze hospital quality, we were unable to use the California data to rate California hospitals. Therefore, we were unable to recognize California hospitals with awards for appendectomy, bariatric surgery, gynecological surgery, and maternity care. Healthgrades is committed to providing transparency in quality for consumers and hospitals alike. We have asked the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for reconsideration on this matter as we feel it is in the best interest of California patients and hospitals for this information to be made publicly available.