Top hospitals concentrated in Texas, Florida, California

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Thomson Reuters today unveiled its Top 100 hospitals in the United States, with Texas, Florida and California housing the most winners. The shift to these three states leading the pack in quality hospitals is good news, according to Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters. "A major change in performance geographically is an encouraging indication that the bar for quality care has been raised once again," Chenoweth said in a company announcement.

Among the top 100 are Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic (Weston) Florida. The annual study is based on 10 key measures: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average patient stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, post-discharge mortality and readmission rates (for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia). If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as the top 100 facilities, the healthcare system could save more than 186,000 patient lives and more than $4.3 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. Announcement