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Research Suggests Quality Rankings for Hospitals Based on Flawed Data

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New research suggests many hospital quality rankings are based on flawed data, writes Fierce Healthcare. Research published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety found that U.S. News incorporated numerous patient events, such as pressure ulcers, that were present upon admission as marks against the hospital’s quality.  These findings were based on analysis of the data used by U.S. News & World Report for its hospital rankings.  Further analysis found U.S. News often incorporated false-positive event rates into its data from high-volume and high-transfer hospitals.

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