Patients at top-rated hospitals have lower risk of death

HealthGrades' annual Hospital Quality in America Study found patients at top-rated U.S. hospitals had a 51.5% lower risk of death than hospital patients in general. The company based its evaluation on 17 procedures and diagnoses at 5,000 U.S. hospitals and said that while mortality rates generally have declined in recent years, a "quality chasm" persists.

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