Mar 07, 2024



What Hospital Quality Ratings Mean for Your Improvement Strategy

“Hospital quality ratings are important because you need objective sources of data in order to help inform healthcare decision-making, whether it’s for yourself or loved ones.”

Dr. Arshad Rahim, Healthgrades Advisory Board Member

As care variability continues to grow, more consumers are turning to hospital quality ratings to help them find the best care possible. Where concerns over convenience and cost once dominated, these data-driven resources are playing a larger role in the care journey and taking the guesswork out of healthcare decision-making. In fact, when deciding between two hospitals, nearly two-thirds of consumers say they’re more likely to pick a hospital with hospital quality achievements over one without.

But just like the quality of care itself, the methods used to measure hospital performance vary significantly across rating systems. At Healthgrades, health transparency is our mission, which is why our team of data scientists and clinical experts have spent over 20 years developing the most scientifically rigorous methodology in the industry. 

Unlike other hospital ratings, Healthgrades’ quality achievements are based solely on what matters most: patient outcomes. We evaluate risk-adjusted complication and mortality rates at approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide to determine the top-rated hospitals for critical areas of healthcare, including patient safety, specialty care, and overall clinical excellence. By focusing exclusively on objective measures of clinical performance, Healthgrades gives hospitals an opportunity to celebrate their successes and identify areas of improvement. Healthgrades’ ratings are also an invaluable resource for the growing number of quality-conscious consumers who are taking on a more proactive role in their healthcare.

Partner with Healthgrades to leverage your clinical outcomes and remind your community that exceptional care is close to home.