Second Opinion Fidelity What the Best Hospitals Rankings Are — and Aren't

The new round of Best Hospitals 2013-14 rankings, published online July 16, stirred up more than the usual intensity of the expected annual scrutiny. A July 25 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal was especially sharp. Ezekiel Emanuel, chairman of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, questioned the validity of the rankings, and in a followup commentary July 29 on MSNBC's Morning Joe he called the rankings "pretty worthless."