Highland Ranked #1 Hospital Nationwide for Not Ordering Unnecessary Tests
Highland Hospital has been named as the top hospital nationwide in a new study that looked at unnecessary hospital tests and procedures. The Lown Institute Hospitals Index ranked Highland first of the nearly 3,100 facilities on the list. Strong Memorial Hospital ranked tenth.
For the ranking, Lown examined service use measures at more than 3,100 hospitals. Data in the ranking came from the Medicare claims database and spanned 2018 to 2020. Eight common procedures — including hysterectomy for benign disease, coronary stents for stable heart disease and spinal fusion for low back pain — were measured. Four tests were also considered. Hospitals with the capacity to do four or more of the services were ranked.
Here are the Lown Institute's top 10 hospitals for avoiding unnecessary tests and procedures:
1. Highland Hospital (Rochester, N.Y.)
2. Natividad Medical Center (Salinas, Calif.)
3. Logan Health Medical Center (formerly Kalispell (Mont.) Regional Medical Center)
4. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston)
5. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (Burlington, Mass.)
6. St. Luke's Boise (Idaho) Medical Center
7. Tufts Medical Center (Boston)
8. Maine Medical Center (Portland)
9. University of Vermont Medical Center (Burlington)
10. Strong Memorial Hospital (Rochester, N.Y.)