(Chicago) - For the third time, Rush University Medical Center again has been ranked among the country's top 100 hospitals — and 15 major teaching hospitals — by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of health care data and analytics. The hospitals included in the list were chosen out of the more than 3,000 hospitals that Truven analyzed.
Truven ranks the hospitals based on publicly reported data for 11 clinical and operational benchmarks. Hospitals do not apply to be included in the listing, and they do not pay to promote their inclusion.
Based on its analysis, Truven found that the top performing hospitals in the country had lower 30-day mortality and readmission rates, fewer complications and higher survival rates. For the first time in the study’s 23-year history, these highest-performing hospitals also showed a notable trend toward reduced expense per patient.
To illustrate the importance of the 11 clinical and operational benchmarks, Truven projected that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities, it would result in the following major improvements in health care.
- More than 104,000 additional lives could be saved.
- Nearly 48,400 additional patients would have complication-free hospital stays.
- $2 billion in inpatient costs could be saved.
- The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.
- Patients would spend 10 minutes less in hospital emergency departments per visit.
“Many of the 2016 100 Top Hospitals award winners are breaking the mold for high performance. Hospitals in three out of the five hospital categories actually reduced overall expense year over year, while improving patient outcomes,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics.
The 11 areas Truven Health researchers evaluated this year are inpatient mortality, 30-day mortality rate, complications; core measures, 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted average length of stay, mean emergency room throughput, inpatient expense per discharge, Medicare spend per beneficiary, adjusted operating profit margin, and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score (patient rating of overall hospital performance).
The publicly reported data the firm used was drawn from Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website.