National hospital ratings systems share few common scores and may generate confusion instead of clarity.

@article{Austin2015NationalHR,
  title={National hospital ratings systems share few common scores and may generate confusion instead of clarity.},
  author={John H. M. Austin and Ashish Kumar Jha and Patrick S. Romano and Sara J. Singer and Timothy J. Vogus and Robert M. Wachter and Peter J. Pronovost},
  journal={Health affairs},
  year={2015},
  volume={34 3},
  pages={423-30}
}
Attempts to assess the quality and safety of hospitals have proliferated, including a growing number of consumer-directed hospital rating systems. However, relatively little is known about what these rating systems reveal. To better understand differences in hospital ratings, we compared four national rating systems. We designated "high" and "low" performers for each rating system and examined the overlap among rating systems and how hospital characteristics corresponded with performance on… CONTINUE READING

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