Ochsner Named Among Top 100 Hospitals by IBM Watson Health

Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge has been named to IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals®, an annual study identifying top-performing hospitals in the United States based on overall organizational performance. Ochsner Baton Rouge is categorized under Medium Community Hospitals, while Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Baptist Medical Center*, Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus** are among the Major Teaching Hospitals awarded.  Small Community Hospital Springhill Medical Center is the only other Louisiana hospital included in the Top 100 listing.

Formerly known as the Truven Health Analytics® 100 Top Hospitals, the study highlights the best-performing hospitals in the United States based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational, and patient satisfaction metrics and data. It has been conducted annually since 1993.

“The award’s name may have changed, but Ochsner Baton Rouge’s place on the list has not,” said Eric McMillen, CEO, Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge. “We live our mission— striving to serve, heal, lead, educate, and innovate. Our caregivers show relentless efforts in caring for all of our patients. This is a team award.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, IBM Watson Health researchers evaluated 2,740 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. All research was based on the following public data sets: Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply for awards, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

Overall, the Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study found that the top-performing hospitals in the country achieved better risk-adjusted outcomes while maintaining both a lower average cost per beneficiary and higher profit margin than non-winning peer group hospitals.

The IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® winners outperformed peer group hospitals on all 11 clinical and operational performance benchmarks evaluated in the study: risk-adjusted inpatient mortality index, risk-adjusted complications index, mean healthcare-associated infection index, mean 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rate, mean 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted length of stay, mean emergency department throughput, case mix- and wage-adjusted inpatient expense per discharge, Medicare spend per beneficiary index, adjusted operating profit margin, and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score (patient rating of overall hospital performance).