VA Releases Hospitals Performance Ratings
Cites improvements in some low-performing facilities
The Department of Veterans Affairs released the performance ratings of its 146 hospitals on Wednesday. It cited improvements in the past year at some of its lowest-performing facilities.
The 2018 ratings show that there are now nine one-star hospitals (the lowest rating possible) down from 14 a year ago. Overall, 38 hospitals improved their star ratings, although 40 dropped and 68 retained the same rating as in 2017.
Each hospital is rated on its quality of care, based on data such as death rates, patient satisfaction, and efficiency. Reported problems included canceled surgeries, unsterile tools, and the lack of emergency departments.
The Atlanta, Georgia, facility dropped to the bottom and the one at West Haven, Connecticut, topped the list.
- For the administrators of Veterans’ hospitals to work to improve their ratings within the system.
- For America’s veterans who rely upon the care and treatment they receive at VA hospitals and clinics.