Healthcare Ratings and Rankings Remain Valuable Tool for Improving Quality as Adverse Events Skyrocket

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As hospitals and health systems prepare for the impending public release of Leapfrog ratings, recent fall-out over related ratings and rankings—such as the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Medical School” rankings—has left some providers wondering about the value of reports like these. 

But quality experts and leading healthcare organizations have noted that while ratings and rankings by reputable organizations aren’t perfect, external benchmarks like these are important tools for improving healthcare quality.

“If you think about a Venn diagram between healthcare ratings and rankings and actual quality, we’ll all agree they don’t overlap 100%. Yet that intersection is an essential focus for making meaningful strides in quality improvement.”

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