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Study Finds Mortality Rates Lower at USNWR Ranked Hospitals

A new study published in the Journal of Surgical Oncology sought to investigate the relationship between U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) hospital rankings and actual patient outcomes for major cancers. For the study, Medicare Inpatient Standard Analytic Files were queried from 2013–2015 to assess the relationship of postoperative outcomes and Medicare expenditures among patients undergoing surgery for colorectal, lung, esophageal, pancreatic, and liver cancer at hospitals ranked in the top‐50 USNWR vs hospitals ranked below 50. The study found mortality rates were lower at hospitals in the top‐50 USNWR versus non‐top ranked, yet hospitals within the top‐50 USNWR rankings had comparable outcomes.

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