'America's Best' Heart Hospitals Aren't Necessarily the Best

July 9, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Heart attack death rates are lower overall at hospitals ranked "America's Best" in cardiac care by U.S. News and World Report than at other hospitals, but not every one was a stellar performer, researchers said.

NEW HAVEN, Conn., July 9 -- Heart attack death rates are lower overall at hospitals ranked "America's Best" in cardiac care by U.S. News and World Report than at other hospitals, but not every one was a stellar performer, researchers said.

The 50 top-ranked hospitals on the cardiac care list had significantly lower risk-standardized 30-day mortality rates for acute myocardial infarction (MI) overall than nonranked hospitals (16.0% versus 17.9%, P