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by Paul Govern | Posted on Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 — 10:19 AM
For the 14th time Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been recognized by Truven Health Analytics as one of the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals.”
Truven Health’s 100 Top Hospitals identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on hospital performance across 10 areas: mortality, inpatient complications, patient safety, average patient length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.
“It’s always encouraging and gratifying to have outside groups take such favorable notice of the quality and value of the health care services provided by VUMC. As always, the credit for advancing the quality and value of Vanderbilt health care services rests with our hardworking and dedicated faculty and staff,” said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs.
Now in its 21st year, the Truven Top 100 Hospitals list, known as Thompson Reuters until 2012, has been compiled annually since 1993.
To evaluate 2,803 acute-care hospitals, Truven researchers used Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website.
According to the national comparison data used by Truven to compile this year’s Top 100 list, hospitals outperformed peers across 14 separate measures including inpatient expense per discharge, 30-day readmissions, patient satisfaction and average length of stay.
Based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:
• More than 165,000 additional lives could be saved.
• Nearly 90,000 additional patients could be complication-free.
• $5.4 billion could be saved.
• The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.
“Employers and payers are increasingly seeking network hospitals that consistently provide demonstrated value — hospitals that deliver higher quality, higher satisfaction and lower cost. The 100 Top Hospitals have been objectively proven to provide high value, and the majority of them have demonstrated year-over-year increased value, as well,” said Jean Chenoweth, Truven Health Analytics senior vice president.
Paul Govern, (615) 343-9654
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