According to an article on MSN, heart attack patients are more likely to survive the month if they go to a hospital which is ranked as “America’s Best” by U.S. News & World Report. Dr. Oliver Wang and his colleagues at Yale University analyzed 30-day death rates for patients of 50 hospitals ranked on the US News list as compared to death rates for patients admitted to hospitals which did not make the list.
The authors concluded, “The U.S. News & World Report ranking, which includes many of the national’s most prestigious hospitals, did identify a group of hospitals that was much more likely than non-ranked hospitals to have superb performance on 30-day mortality after acute myocardial infarction. … However, our study also revealed that not all ranked hospitals had outstanding performance, and that many non-ranked hospitals performed well.”
See U.S. News’ reaction to this study here.