Hospitals showed improvement in key metrics like 30-day readmission rates and risk-adjusted mortality.

Beth Jones Sanborn, Managing Editor

Truven Health Analytics has released its annual 100 Top U.S. hospitals based on their overall organizational performance, with winners showing improvement on key quality measures like inpatient mortality, complication rates, 30-day readmissions and lengths of stay, Truven said.

The study analyzed metrics from 2011 through 2015, evaluating “operational performance” in 11 areas including inpatient mortality; 30-day mortality rate; complications; 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate; severity-adjusted average length of stay; Medicare spend per beneficiary; and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems score, which is a patient rating of overall hospital performance.

Researchers evaluated 2,740 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals on the above metrics using public information like Medicare cost reports, core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website.