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Consumer rankings and health care: toward validation and transparency.

Hota B, Webb TA, Stein BD, et al. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety. 2016;42:439-446.

Hospital quality rankings, though widely-used, remain controversial. This validation study found inaccuracies in the U.S. News and World Report hospital rankings when compared with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid–measured rates of safety events. The authors state that in response to their findings, the U.S. News and World Report revised their ranking method and data sources.