April 20, 2010

The Role of Reputation in U.S. News and World Report's Rankings of the Top 50 American Hospitals

The Director of the Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities has an article that was published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine regarding the procedures used by U.S. News and World Report to rank the 50 best hospitals in the U.S. Dr. Sehgal was curious about how the magazine came up with its list each year and decided to do some analysis of his own.

Dr. Sehgal pointed out that the objective scores showed less variation than reputation did among all hospitals in the survey. That narrower range in objective ratings lends more weight to the reputation points on overall ranking.

"The total index is driven by the one component that has the most variation: reputation score,” Sehgal said. “So the result of that is reputation scores play a predominant role in the ranking of the top 50 hospitals.”

Avery Comarow, the news magazine’s health rankings editor legitimizes this method and said,

"Since we’re looking at hospitals that do really well with the most critical patients, there’s a very good case to be made that the reputational survey is a valid and legitimate form of peer review,” Comarow said."

For more information about this study and reactions to the findings, please see Bloomberg Business Week, Annals of Internal Medicine, or Cleveland WEWS Channel 5 website.

Posted by Staff at 01:15 PM

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