Four Michigan Hospitals On Truven’s Top 100

ANN ARBOR — Four Michigan hospitals are among the nation’s top 100 based on overall organizational performance, according to the 2015 100 Top Hospitals list released Monday by the Ann Arbor-based healthcare analytics provider Truven Health.

The study found that the 100 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.

Among major teaching hospitals, Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Southfield, and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers, both in Ann Arbor, were among the top 100.

Among medium-sized Community Hospitals, Holland Hospital in Holland was among the top 100.

California had 14 hospitals on the list, followed by Ohio and Illinois with 10 each.

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:
* 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

“The 2015 100 Top study results have identified 100 hospitals that have been objectively proven to provide high value to their communities,” said Truven senior vice president Jean Chenoweth. “Employers and payers are increasingly seeking network hospitals that consistently provide high value — hospitals that deliver higher quality, higher satisfaction and lower cost. The 100 Top Hospitals study is designed to identify highly effective leadership teams that have achieved high performance across the whole hospital’s balanced performance clinically, operationally and financially, and have generated high patient perception of care.”

Truven says the 100 Top Hospitals is the most comprehensive, rigorous study of its kind, covering 3,000 non-federal hospitals nationwide. It uses 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.

It evaluates performance in 11 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia; and, new for this year, Medicare Spend per Beneficiary, which uses federal data to evaluate the cost incurred for an episode of care across settings pre- and post-discharge for Medicare patients.

The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

For the seventh year, Truven Health Analytics is also recognizing the 100 Top Hospitals Everest Award winners — those hospitals among the 100 winners that delivered the greatest rate of improvement over five years. This year, there are 17 Everest Award winners. Included was Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Southfield.

“These 100 Top Hospitals are proving once again that it is possible to improve quality while operating their organizations more efficiently,” said Mike Boswood, president and CEO of Truven Health Analytics. “All the key measures of hospital performance — patient mortality rates, complications, length of stay, readmissions and financial performance — are improving measurably among these industry leaders, despite the challenges of healthcare reform and an aging population. We salute the 100 Top Hospitals as the pinnacle of healthcare delivery in this country.”

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