Quality Surgical Care
Healthcare consumers need and deserve accurate and complete information on the quality and safety of their healthcare.
As we reviewed the methodology of the Consumer Reports hospital rankings, there are a number of concerns regarding their methodology that result in questionable findings. These are similar concerns being raised by many of the nation’s leading hospitals, including Johns Hopkins and Cleveland Clinic.
For example, they used only two of many indicators from the 2009-2011 Med-Par data, which is the same information used by many organizations to evaluate quality. As a result of using only a small portion of the available data, the results don’t provide an accurate and complete picture of a hospital’s quality. It’s unfortunate that their report is resulting in greater confusion by oversimplifying how quality is measured.
Mercy is very confident in the quality of our surgical care, which is routinely reviewed and validated by many other third-party healthcare organizations. Using this same Med-Par information, Wellmark, CareChex and HealthGrades come to much different conclusions based on a more extensive and thorough analysis.
For example, Care Chex ranks Mercy in the top 10% in the nation for Medical Excellence in Joint Replacement and Overall Medical Care.
Wellmark has named Mercy a Blue Distinction Center in the areas of spine surgery and knee and hip replacement. In addition, Mercy was recently ranked as a Top 100 Hospital by Truven Health Analytics.
We are confident that the quality we provide our patients is amongst the best in the nation. Mercy is proud of the quality care we provide; learn more about Mercy’s quality care.
Quality Reporting 101 with Dr. Valliere
Comparing Quality Ratings
Quality-reporting organizations have their choice of data to evaluate for their individual reports. See a high-level comparison of which data they consider. For details or more information, you can visit their respective sites: