Updated May 19, 2018 09:06:04 A new study shows that hospitals that are ranked in terms of patient safety and quality are also more likely to be in the top tier of their state, according to data released Friday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In addition, the top-ranked hospitals in each state are also among the top 10 hospitals in their state for the third consecutive year.
The report, which uses data from the Centers’ National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, comes on the heels of a new national survey by the National Association of State Medical Boards showing that the number of emergency rooms at the nation’s more than 4,700 hospitals was nearly double the number in 2014, the first year for which the data is available.
The survey found that, nationwide, more than 60% of emergency room visits were treated by at least one emergency room physician, and in most states the percentage was more than 90%.
The study also found that the hospitals in which residents and visitors are treated have been performing well over the past decade, even as the nation has experienced a dramatic increase in the number and severity of acute and chronic illnesses, including heart disease and stroke.
The national study shows the number that are top-rated in each of the top 50 states and the District of Columbia are the same as the number reported in 2014.
For example, the state of Nevada has a top-ranking hospital in the District with the Mayo Clinic, which has seen its patient care score rise from 7 to 8.8 out of 10.
Nevada also has the top hospital in Arizona with Mayo Clinic.
The state of Florida, which also has top-rating hospitals in Colorado Springs, has the lowest score with an overall score of 6.5 out of a possible 10.
It is the only state in which the overall score is lower than the top score.
Florida also has one of the highest rate of chronic diseases, with more than a quarter of its residents reporting a chronic condition, the study said.
The study is based on data collected in more than 500,000 visits to emergency rooms over the course of a year by a nationally representative sample of the nation.
The researchers did not attempt to quantify the factors behind the rankings.
In the past, the AMA has pushed for greater transparency in evaluating hospitals and for states to have access to data that could help them make better decisions about how to spend the billions of dollars that are projected to be spent on health care in the coming decades.
A separate study by the AMA’s National Health Policy Research Institute in December 2016 found that states with a top score of at least 50% were more likely than states with scores lower than 20% to receive the nation of the year recognition for health care.
“We are hopeful that this new study will serve as a model for other states to follow,” said Sarah L. Palfrey, executive director of the AMA Foundation for Healthcare Improvement.