New York Hospital Group Releases Report Card on Hospital Report Cards

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The Healthcare Association of New York State has released a report card on hospital report cards to evaluate the usefulness of rankings in helping hospitals improve quality, ranking them on a set of conditions developed from material from the National Quality Foundation.

 

Conditions upon which the hospital report cards were evaluated include transparent methodology, use of evidence-based measures, measure alignment, appropriate data sources, current data, risk-adjusted data, quality of data, consistency of data and hospital preview.

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Hospital report cards were awarded between one-half and three stars.

Three star report cards — report cards fully meeting all, or nearly all, of HANYS's criteria — included The Joint Commission Quality Check, Department of Health Hospital-Acquired Infection Report, CMS Hospital Compare and DOH Hospital Profile Quality Selection.

U.S. News & World Report was the only card receiving half a star, meaning its rankings either met only one of HANYS's criteria, part of a few criteria or no criteria at all.

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