For the 2021-22 Best Hospitals rankings in adult Cardiology & Heart Surgery, U.S. News will expand its definition of voluntary public reporting to include four cardiology-related Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) quality improvement registries run by the American Heart Association. These cardiology registries are GWTG-Atrial Fibrillation, GWTG-Coronary Artery Disease, GWTG-Heart Failure, and GWTG-Resuscitation.
Hospitals will continue to be able to earn 2% of the maximum possible score in Cardiology & Heart Surgery by opting to publicly report their performance data from at least one cardiology registry. (They can earn 3% if they also reported via a heart surgery registry.) Until now, three cardiology registries counted toward this requirement, all of them part of the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Disease Registry (NCDR). Now, hospitals can satisfy that requirement by opting to report via any of the NCDR registries and/or any of the GWTG cardiology registries.
A fifth GWTG registry, GWTG-Stroke, will continue to be used in the adult Neurology & Neurosurgery rankings but will not meet the requirement for public reporting in Cardiology & Heart Surgery.
To receive transparency credit a hospital must participate in public reporting; submitting data to a registry is not sufficient. It is a hospital’s public reporting status, not whether it participates in a registry, that factors into the U.S. News rankings.