U.S. News & World Report Delays Hospital Rankings Over Data Errors

U.S. News & World Report’s annual hospital rankings were set to release August 1, 2017, but the agency announced that it is postponing the public release after discovering errors in the data used to compile the report. The errors were found after the report was released to hospitals under embargo on July 11.

According to correspondence between U.S. News & World Report and participating hospitals, the errors could be attributed to a new methodology used this year, in which the agency attempted to account for the socioeconomic status of a hospital’s patients as well as other factors that might affect the rankings. “While these changes … allow us to better assess hospital care, they are complex to implement and we discovered errors late in the process,” the email stated. “We are confident that once correctly implemented, these changes will benefit our shared goal of providing patients with better information about their health care.”

The agency noted that the current rankings will be removed from a shared online dashboard, and it will provide an update to participating hospitals in the coming weeks.

Source: STAT News, July 17, 2017.