(WASHINGTONPOST) — Much like beauty, the quality of your hospital is apparently in the eye of the beholder.
Consumers who take the time to research where hospitals rank among their competitors may get wildly different impressions depending on where they're getting their information from, according to a new study. Four of some of the most recognizable consumer hospital rating systems in the country rarely agree on which hospitals are best, according to the study published in the policy journal Health Affairs.
None of the 83 hospitals that were rated by all four systems — U.S. News, Leapfrog Group, Healthgrades and Consumer Reports — were considered high performers by each. Just three hospitals were rated as high performers by all four rating systems, and only 10 percent were considered by top performers by two systems.
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