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We have for the first time rated 1,159 U.S. hospitals for safety, providing a unique way to compare hospitals in your community. Still, our safety Ratings include just 18 percent of all the hospitals in the U.S. Why are so many excluded? Mostly because data on patient harm are still not reported fully or consistently nationwide.
"Hospitals that volunteer safety information, regardless of their score, deserve credit, since the first step in safety is accountability," says John Santa, M.D., director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center. "But the fact that consumers can't get a full picture of most hospitals in the U.S. underscores the need for more public reporting."
Not included in our Ratings are these hospitals:
While those hospitals aren't included in our safety Ratings, we do have some performance data for many of them. In fact, in total we have some Ratings information for 4,984 U.S. hospitals. For details, see our full hospital Ratings (available to subscribers). And read our new report How Safe Is Your Hospital?