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Florida Hospitals Rank In Bottom 20 Percent In Annual List

Florida’s hospital systems ranked in the bottom 20 percent based on evaluations for the past two years in Thomson Reuters annual 100 Top Hospitals list.

In fact, only two Florida hospitals were named to this year’s annual study, which identifies the 100 top U.S. hospitals based on their overall organizational performance. Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart was recognized in the Large Community Hospital category and the Cleveland Clinic in Weston was recognized in the Medium Community Hospital category.

The annual study evaluates almost 3,000 hospitals according to 10 criteria: deaths; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; hospital costs per patient; hospital profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and death and readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.

Patients may not be overly concerned about a hospital’s profitability, which counts as much in the rankings as in-hospital deaths or patient safety. But “operating profit margin is one of the purest measures of a hospital’s financial health,” the Thomson Reuters report notes.

But according to Thomson Reuters’ calculations, if all Medicare patients received the same level of care as patients in the top 100 hospitals:

  • There would be about 116,000 fewer hospital deaths.
  • More than 197,000 patients would avoid medical complications.
  • Hospitals would save $462 per patient.
  • The average patient stay would be half a day shorter.

States in the Midwest had half of the top 100 hospitals. Southern states had 29 of the top 100, Northeastern states had 14, and Western states had six.

Because states don’t have equal numbers of hospitals, the Thomson Reuters report analyzed states for their performance over the past two years of top 100 studies.

In this analysis, states whose hospital systems rank in the in the top 20 percent are:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Wisconsin

States in the bottom 20 percent are:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • West Virginia

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

According to a press release from Thomson Reuters, “Our annual study is unique in that it evaluates hospitals on measures of overall organization performance, including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability. Our award winners demonstrate that high-quality patient outcomes can be achieved while improving efficiency.”

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