U-M Hospitals and Health Centers recognized among top U.S. hospitals

March 4, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements, Our Employees,

UMHHC awarded for lower mortality rates, fewer complications and reduced readmission rates

The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers have been named one of the top 100 hospitals and among the top 15 major teaching hospitals in the country.

Truven Health Analytics released its 100 Top Hospitals list this week based on independent and objective research measuring hospital and health system performance. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor.

The Truven Health study found that the top hospitals have roughly a half-day shorter patient length of stay, 4 percent fewer complications, and 5.9 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality rates. The winners also performed better than peer-group hospitals on 30-day readmissions for heart failure, heart attack and other conditions.

To conduct the study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 3,000 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They analyzed Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, core measures and patient satisfaction data–all publicly available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website.

Based on this year’s results, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

• Nearly 126,500 additional lives could be saved
• $1.8 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
• Nearly 109,000 additional patients could be complication-free
• The average patient stay would decrease by half a day
• Episode of illness expense would be 2 percent lower than the peer average

If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals study incorporates public data; proprietary, risk-adjusted and peer-reviewed methodologies; and key performance metrics to arrive at an objective balanced scorecard measuring current performance and long-term improvement. Truven Health evaluates performance in 11 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia; and new for this year, Medicare Spend per Beneficiary (Medicare Spend). The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

For more information and to see a complete list of winners, visit http://100tophospitals.com/studies-winners/100-top-hospitals