Special Reports

The 2022 Healthgrades Hospital Specialty Excellence Report

Healthgrades hospital quality ratings assess hospital performance across 31 of the most common procedures and conditions. The 2022 Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awardstm recognize superior clinical performance in 17 specialty areas and include a new category for overall surgical care. This list of all 2022 award recipients is available here.

The Healthgrades 2022 Specialty Excellence Awards and ratings can provide consumers with important information and transparency on the best places to seek care in a given area or community. Understanding how well a hospital performs in specific care areas helps them find the best care for their needs and can help mitigate risk from a procedure. For hospitals, the awards and ratings offer a useful roadmap for solidifying and strengthening areas of care.

This analysis from Healthgrades is important because it provides independent, impartial ratings of hospital quality. We analyze the performance of nearly 4,500 hospitals as measured by risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that account for both sicker patients and riskier procedures. The data indicates clinical outcomes differ dramatically among hospitals in the top and bottom of the Healthgrades hospital performance categories. Patients treated at a hospital receiving a 5-star rating have, on average, a lower risk of a complication or mortality than if treated at a hospital receiving a 1-star rating in
that procedure or condition.

As part of its analysis, Healthgrades has also released a report providing an in-depth review and data analysis to show how quality varies across specialties and the impact on complications and mortality. The report also includes insights from the Healthgrades COVID-19 Patient Confidence Study.

Read the PDF below to learn why hospital quality is more important than ever.

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