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Study Finds Performance Variations Related to Hospital Ownership, Size, Teaching Status

Truven Health Analytics Finds Shorter Length of Stay, Better Outcomes in Church-owned Not-for-Profit and Publicly-Run Hospitals

Ann Arbor, MI, Jun. 11, 2013 — Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 11, 2013 — Not-for-profit, church-owned hospitals perform better than publicly- and privately-held institutions on quality, efficient return to daily life and patient satisfaction, all related to their religious mission, according to study results released today by Truven Health AnalyticsTM.

As a follow up to its annual 100 Top Hospitals® study, Truven Health Analytics has published two new papers that evaluate hospital performance by ownership, size, and teaching status. Mike Boswood, Truven Health Analytics president and CEO, commented “The type of benchmarking analysis that our 100 Top Hospitals team has done in these studies is critical for all healthcare providers and payers as they pursue continuous improvements in cost and quality. By identifying the specific variables that account for differences, we are able to help healthcare professionals improve outcomes nationwide.”

The first paper, Hospital Performance Differences by Ownership, found that patients in not-for-profit, church-owned hospitals had shorter lengths of stay (4.94 days, compared to 5.11 for other not-for-profits, 5.08 for for-profits, and 5.17 for government-run hospitals), better mortality rates, and higher levels of overall satisfaction.

The second paper, Hospital Performance Differences by Size and Teaching Status, found significant differences in performance when measuring for hospital size and teaching status, but no one category was found to be superior in all metrics. Larger hospitals were found to have the lower inpatient and 30-day mortality rates, while major teaching hospitals were found to have a higher rate of complications and lower patient safety scores.

“As health care becomes increasingly transparent, performance differences that stem from mission and role considerations, such as not-for-profit church-owned or for-profit, are likely to play an increasingly greater part in consumer decisions, ” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics. “There are top performers in each of the sectors we examined in these two papers. Our studies offer baseline performance indicators that will help us understand the transformation of hospitals under reform and better understand the impact on the community over the next five years.”

The study analyzed the 2013 100 Top Hospitals database, which includes MedPAR public use files for federal fiscal years 2010 and 2011 for the mortality, complications, and patient safety measures. Other measures, such as length of stay, are based on the most recent single year that MedPAR data was available: 2011. Additional measures are derived from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare database or the Medicare Cost Reports filed by hospitals.

To access a copy of Hospital Performance Differences by Ownership, click here.

To access a copy of Hospital Performance Differences by Size and Teaching Status, click here.

About Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health Business

Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson Health™ business, provides market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data integrity, advanced analytics and domain expertise. For more than 40 years, our insights and solutions have been providing hospitals and clinicians, employers and health plans, state and federal government agencies, life sciences companies and policymakers, the facts they need to make confident decisions that directly affect the health and well-being of people and organizations in the US and around the world. The company was acquired by IBM in 2016 to help form a new business, Watson Health. Watson Health aspires to improve lives and give hope by delivering innovation to address the world’s most pressing health challenges through data and cognitive insights.

Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as MarketScan®, 100 Top Hospitals®, Advantage Suite®, Micromedex®, Simpler® and ActionOI®. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago, IL, and Denver, CO.


Brian Erni
For Truven Health Analytics
J. Roderick, Inc. Public Relations