HealthGrades independently and objectively rates the quality of care for nearly every hospital in the country. Their analyses are "risk adjusted," meaning that hospitals taking sicker patients can be compared on equal footing with other hospitals. A five-star rating indicates that the hospital has below-average mortality or complication rates for that particular procedure or diagnosis. Three stars indicate the care is "as expected," and one star indicates that the care reflects above-average mortality or complication rates.
HealthGrades ratings are purely objective, based on information about patients" outcomes that hospitals report to federal and state governments. HealthGrades hospital ratings help consumers make well-informed decisions about their health care choices.