Truven Health Analytics has released its annual study identifying the 15 top U.S. health systems, based on balanced, system-wide clinical and administrative performance.
Among the key findings in this year’s study: winning health systems achieved shorter emergency department (ED) wait times across all measures, which included median minutes to admission, to discharge from the ED, and to the receipt of pain medication for long-bone fractures. The study was based on public data from the 2014 and 2015 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR); from CMS Hospital Compare datasets; and from 2015 Medicare cost reports.
Additional winning health-system performance metrics, compared with those of nonwinning peer systems, included:
This year’s 15 Top Health Systems study evaluated 337 health systems and 2,924 member hospitals to identify the 15 U.S. health systems with the highest overall achievement on a balanced scorecard, which focused on five performance domains: inpatient outcomes, process of care, extended outcomes, efficiency, and patient experience.
The study divided the top health systems into three comparison groups based on the total operating expense of the member hospitals. The 2017 winners are as follows:
Source: Truven Health Analytics; April 24, 2017.