A new study published in JAMA cardiology sought to establish if US News & World Report top-ranked hospitals for cardiovascular care have better outcomes than nonranked hospitals. The study found US News & World Report top-ranked hospitals for cardiovascular care had lower 30-day mortality rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and coronary artery bypass grafting and higher patient satisfaction ratings compared with nonranked hospitals. However, 30-day readmission rates were either similar (for acute myocardial infarction and coronary artery bypass grafting) or higher (for heart failure) at top-ranked hospitals compared with nonranked hospitals. The observed discrepancy between readmissions and other performance measures raises concern that readmissions may not be an adequate metric of hospital care quality. This national retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted from 2017 to 2018 and included 3552 US hospitals.
- Association of Rankings With Cardiovascular Outcomes at Top-Ranked Hospitals vs Nonranked Hospitals in the United States. JAMA Cardiology. November 28 2018