Recently featured in USA Today, a new report by HealthGrades examines hospital performance at the state level for the first time. The newly released report looks at hospitals from 2005 – 2011 and grades them based on their performance in four categories: Coronary artery bypass graft, heart attack, pneumonia, and sepsis. States with the best performing hospitals were rated higher than average in all four categories. The highest rated states were Arizona, California, Illinois and Ohio and the worst rated states were Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Nevada, Oklahoma, the District of Columbia and West Virginia.
Healthgrades analyzed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid‘s (CMS) Hospital Compare Data to determine which hospitals had the best/worst performance. Hospital compare includes process of care, mortality, and readmission quality measures.
As previously featured on HealthData.gov, HealthGrades helps educate consumers in the selection process of a provider based on CMS performance and quality data. Read the full report from HealthGrades here and find out more about the variances in performance by hospitals from state to state.