POSTED: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 6:14pm
Longview, TX (Longview News-Journal) — A national health care ranking puts Good Shepherd Medical Center among the top 100 hospitals in America in overall medical care, general surgery and 11 other categories.
The CareChex Medical Quality Rating System ranks every hospital in the nation on a host of patient-based parameters arising from each facility’s processes, outcomes and patient satisfaction using publicly available data.
It ranked Good Shepherd 38th nationwide in overall hospital care, 27th in overall medical care and 182nd in overall surgical care nationwide. The rankings are based on data from 2009 to 2011.
While CareChex doesn’t charge hospitals to be included in its rankings, it does charge them if they want to publicize their rankings. That mechanism is the reason officials at the three other area hospital systems gave for largely dismissing the annual rankings.
CareChex rankings for the Longview-Marshall market include Longview Regional Medical Center, East Texas Medical Center in Gilmer, ETMC Henderson and Good Shepherd Medical Center Marshall.
“CareChex is a catalyst for value-based purchase of health care,” said David McDonald of The Delta Group, parent company of CareChex. “We rate every style of hospital in the country. ... CareChex is used (by companies) in Texas to move millions of dollars in clinical spending (through preferred provider selection).”
CareChex rankings are adopted by the National Business Coalition on Health and are used by companies including Toyota when surveying sites for expansion, the ranking firm said.
Ron Short, vice president of Good Shepherd Health Systems, said CareChex looks at aggregate information, chiefly from billing claims, with a focus on patient outcomes. Those outcomes include things such as mortality, whether there were complications and cost of ongoing care, he said.
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