Healthgrades released its 2021 analysis of top-performing hospitals for specialty care, as well as the recipients of the Healthgrades 2021 Specialty Excellence Awards, which recognize hospitals with superior performance in specific specialty lines and specialty focus areas.
The analysis shows that clinical outcomes continue to differ dramatically between hospitals in the top and bottom of Healthgrades’ hospital performance categories. In fact, patients treated at a hospital receiving a 5-star rating have, on average, a lower risk of a complication or mortality than if treated at a hospital receiving a 1-star rating in that procedure or condition. Additionally, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, 218,785 lives could potentially have been saved and complications in 148,681 patients could potentially have been avoided.
In conjunction with the analysis, Healthgrades also published the Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation: A Safe Return to Quality Care, which provides an in-depth review and data analysis—with an additional focus on common elective surgeries—to show how consumers can use quality ratings as a resource for making informed healthcare decisions.