U.S. News & World Report's Annual Ranking of Best Hospitals
Since 2005, our experts in survey methodology, statistical analysis, and health services research have produced the annual rankings of Best Hospitals on behalf of U.S. News & World Report. These rankings are highly regarded by health care professionals and academic researchers, and are frequently cited by and incorporated into scholarly investigations.
Best Hospitals Rankings
We use a well-established methodology that includes original survey data and secondary analyses of data from the American Hospital Association, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and other organizations. The Best Hospitals rankings represent three key aspects of care—structure, process, and outcome. These components are combined to give an overall score for each hospital in 12 medical specialties. For four additional specialties, scores are based on original survey data alone.
Best Children's Hospitals Rankings
Beginning in 2007, U.S. News & World Report also began publishing separate annual rankings of Best Children's Hospitals. Like Best Hospitals, the Best Children's Hospitals rankings reflect the interrelationship among structure, process, and outcomes. The rankings currently evaluate children's hospitals in 10 pediatric medical specialties.
Each year, our researchers deliver a report outlining the scientific methodology used to develop the rankings for the Best Hospitals and Best Children's Hospitals rankings.
Best Hospitals Methodology Reports
- Best Hospitals 2014-15 Methodology
- Best Hospitals 2013-14 Methodology
- Best Hospitals 2012-13 Methodology
- Best Hospitals 2011-12 Methodology
- Best Hospitals 2010-11 Methodology
- Best Hospitals 2009 Methodology
- Best Hospitals 2008 Methodology
- Best Hospitals 2007 Methodology
- Best Hospitals 2006 Methodology
- Best Hospitals 2005 Methodology
Best Children's Hospitals Methodology Reports
- Best Children's Hospitals 2014-15 Methodology
- Best Children's Hospitals 2013-14 Methodology
- Best Children's Hospitals 2012-13 Methodology
- Best Children's Hospitals 2011-12 Methodology
- Best Children's Hospitals 2010 Methodology
- Best Children's Hospitals 2009 Methodology
- Best Children's Hospitals 2008 Methodology
- Best Children's Hospitals 2007 Methodology