Truven Health Analytics conducts an annual study to determine the nation’s top 15 health systems, choosing five large, medium and small health systems for its final list.
For the second time in three years, Carrollton, Ga.-based Tanner Health System stands among the top health systems in the nation for quality. Tanner earned a spot in the top 15 among the 2014 study’s top five small health systems, an honor it also received in 2012. Tanner was the only health system in Georgia to receive this honor.
View the complete list of 15 Top Health Systems.
Learn more about the Truven Health Analytics study.
What is Truven Health Analytics?
Truven Health Analytics — formerly Thomson Reuters — delivers unbiased information, analytic tools, benchmarks and services to the healthcare industry. Hospitals, government agencies, employers, health plans, clinicians, pharmaceutical firms and medical device companies have relied on Truven for more than 30 years.
What is the Truven Health Analytics 15 Top Health Systems study?
Truven Health Analytics annually conducts objective, quantitative research that serves as the foundation of a national balanced scorecard of health system performance. That scorecard, published annually in the Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems study, provides critical benchmarks for health system boards and executives across the United States.
To maintain the study’s high level of integrity, only public data sources are used for calculating study metrics. This eliminates bias, ensures inclusion of as many health systems as possible and facilitates consistency of definitions and data. Health systems do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.
Outperforming their peers in a number of ways, the winners of the 15 Top Health Systems award:
- Saved more lives and caused fewer patient complications
- Followed industry-recommended standards of care more closely
- Made fewer patient safety errors
- Released patients half a day sooner
- Scored better on overall patient satisfaction
How does a health system qualify for the study?
In determining the 15 Top Health Systems in the nation, Truven researched all U.S. health systems with two or more short-term, general, nonfederal hospitals; cardiac, orthopedic and women’s hospitals; and critical access hospitals.
Researchers looked at eight metrics that gauge clinical quality and efficiency: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, adherence to clinical standards of care (evidence-based core measures published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS), and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) patient survey scores.
The study relied on public data from the 2011 and 2012 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data and the CMS Hospital Compare datasets.
The study from Truven found that the 15 Top Health Systems experienced 2 percent fewer deaths than non-winning peer-group hospitals. They also had lower 30-day mortality rates, with smaller health systems like Tanner outperforming their peers by the widest margin. Patients at the top-performing hospitals also had 3 percent fewer complications, a shorter median average length of stay and 8 percent fewer adverse patient safety events than expected due to better adherence to core measures of care than their peers.