U.S. News & World Report's Annual Ranking of Best Hospitals

U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of "Best Hospitals" have been produced each year since 2005 by the Social, Statistical, and Environmental Sciences Division of RTI International.

Using 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, RTI produced hospital rankings with components representing three key aspects of care—structure, process, and outcome. These components were combined to give an overall score for each hospital in 12 medical specialties. For four additional specialties, scores were based on original survey data alone.

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. Most structure and outcomes data were obtained directly from children's hospitals using the Pediatric Hospital Survey data submission form which is hosted by RTI. In 2013, children's hospitals were evaluated in 10 pediatric medical specialties.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are highly regarded by health care professionals and academic researchers, and are frequently cited by and incorporated into scholarly investigations.

Hospital Rankings

  • Best Hospitals 2013-14
    The U.S. News & World Report website contains the current rankings, which can be searched according to various criteria, as well as related articles from the Best Hospitals issue of the magazine.
  • Best Children's Hospitals 2013-2014
    The U.S. News & World Report website contains the current rankings, which can be searched according to various criteria, as well as related articles from the Best Children's Hospitals issue of the magazine.

Scientific Methodology

Each of the following links displays a full report on the scientific methodology used to develop the annual rankings for Best Hospitals and Best Children's Hospitals.

Best Hospitals Methodology Reports


Best Children's Hospitals Methodology Reports


For further inquiries or to contact the RTI research team, please write to BestHospitals@rti.org or call 866-309-4561.