But when more than half a dozen organizations regularly chime in, it can get a bit confusing for patients.
Other groups, however, rate hospitals differently. Each group has its own timing, methodology and intended audience. Here are some of the major groups that regularly evaluate hospitals, how they do it and who wins and loses under the systems.
This nonprofit, founded by large employers and others who purchase health insurance plans, grades hospitals twice a year.
The grades are based on 28 measures of safety, including hand hygiene, bedsores and falls. The group gets the data from the federal
One local hospital that's fared particularly well under Leapfrog's ratings is the
Go here to see full ratings.
Among other rankings,
Under this ratings system, Northwestern Memorial has been named the No. 1 hospital in the state for seven years in a row.
To see the lists, go here.
This federal ratings system awards hospitals up to five stars for safety and quality -- but it has drawn ire from hospitals in recent years over its methodology.
Earlier this year, the system, run by the federal
The federal agency proposed a number of additional changes to the methodology in February.
To search for hospital ratings go here.
The company bases its list on a variety of measures, including survival rates, complications, infections, length of stay, emergency department wait times, inpatients expenses, profit margins and patient satisfaction.
To see the report go here.
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