A study released by HealthGrades showed U.S. hospitals ranked in the top 5% nationally had a 27% lower death rate than other facilities. An analysis of records from 41 million Medicare patients, covering 2005 through 2007, found these hospitals lowered their death rates by an average of 18%, compared with 13% for all other hospitals. Patients at the high-ranking hospitals also had an 8% lower risk of complications for certain diagnoses and procedures.

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