Johns Hopkins Tops US News List for Rheumatology

Diana Phillips

July 31, 2019

Johns Hopkins Hospital once again earned high marks in US News & World Report's annual ranking of the best adult rheumatology hospitals nationwide. As was the case in last year's report, the Baltimore-based facility edged out Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and Hospital for Special Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian University of Columbia and Cornell in New York City for the top spot among the 14 hospitals meeting minimum requirements for national ranking.

To be included on the rank-ordered list reported online yesterday by US News, hospitals' rheumatology care had to be recommended by at least 5% of randomly selected rheumatology specialists who responded to US News surveys in 2017, 2018, and 2019. For this year's ranking, 42.2% of rheumatology specialists surveyed named Johns Hopkins as among the best for very challenging rheumatology patients, compared with 41.3% for Cleveland Clinic and 34.7% for Hospital for Special Surgery.

In addition to the 14 ranked hospitals, 27 facilities that were recommended by at least 1% of the survey participants were scored but not ranked.

US News ranks hospitals in 16 specialties annually. Of the 16, 12 are ranked largely on the basis of objective data, including mortality rates, patient safety outcomes, and patient experience measurement. However, rheumatology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, and rehabilitation are ranked on the basis of reputation because the care provided in these specialities is largely delivered on an outpatient basis with very few patient deaths. Therefore, the risk-adjusted mortality rates that are heavily weighted in the ranking of other specialities are of little value, according to a news release from US News.

The following rheumatology hospitals were also nationally ranked according to their reputation scores:

4.  Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota (30.4%)

5.  Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (21.4%)

6.  Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (15.6%)

7.  UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco (15.1%)

8.  NYU Langone Hospitals, New York City (12.3%)

9.  UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles (11.6%)

10. University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital (9.2%)

11. Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina (5.9%)

12. University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor (5.6%)

13. MUSC Health-University Medical Center, Charleston, South Carolina (5.5%)

14. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois (5.0%)

This marks the 30th year US News has been ranking hospitals, For the 2019–2020 report, the publication compared more than 4500 medical centers nationwide.

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