|Healthcare Scores FAQ|
Healthcare Scores Frequently Asked Questions
With so many publicly available sources for healthcare data, how can consumers to know which one is best or which is the definitive source?
In addition to CMS, the source for Consumers Union and many other reporting entities, health care shoppers can explore Health Grades; the AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Patient Safety
Our most current scores are listed on Renown.org and are audited by an independent firm, that validates data submitted to CMS. Improvements in the data reflect changes in practice and documentation that we have been implemented during the past year.
We provide regular reports to the Joint Commission on established treatment guidelines.
Is one of these sources better than others to help me decide where to get care?
No single, published data set should be used as the sole criteria for selecting a hospital. Rankings can be particularly misleading. It is important to know that despite published rankings, individual scores within those rankings are often excellent and consumers are advised to look at the total scores, and not just the raw rankings. For heart attack, for example, Renown Regional currently has an overall score of 98 meaning it has a 98% compliance rate with the guidelines yet the overall rank was still low.
Are these scores really indicative of patient outcomes?
Some studies now question whether following the guidelines really impact patient outcomes.
- Antibiotic Timing in Patients with Pneumonia
- Quality process measures for acute myocardial infarction
As an example, does smoking cessation education impact the survival rate of a pneumonia patient?
Also, the science is changing so rapidly that the metrics often change by the time the scores are published.
How can consumers know which hospital is best?
Consult with your physician who knows how hospitals work in all areas to keep patients safe and support best practices