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Study Casts Doubt on US News & World Report Hospital Rankings

Bloomberg Businessweek reports online April 19:

Hospitals rated as top by U.S. News & World Report are chosen using a system that reflects their reputation with little connection to objective measures of quality of care, a study said.

The hospitals ranked No. 1 for each of 12 medical specialties in the magazine survey reached the top spot based on their reputation scores alone, 100 percent of the time, according to an analysis published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Read the Bloomberg article or click through to the abstract of the study on the Annals of Internal Medicine website (the study itself is available only by subscription).

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