Study finds vast disagreement between healthcare quality rating lists

March 4, 2015 7:22 PM

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As payors increasingly consider giving patients price transparency tools to compare hospitals, there are also a number of groups looking to provide comparison tools for hospital quality. But a new study in Health Affairs shows that those comparison tools, even from seemingly reputable sources, are wildly inconsistent.

“To better understand differences in hospital ratings, we compared four national rating systems,” study authors wrote in the abstract. “We designated ‘high’ and ‘low’ performers for each rating system and examined the overlap among rating systems and how hospital characteristics corresponded with pe...

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