Best Health Highlights
U.S. News & World Report has teamed up with some of the nation's top hospitals and medical institutions to offer expert, in-depth, and trustworthy information on key medical topics. Current partners include: Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Mayo Clinic, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Clinic, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Stanford Hospital and Clinics.
• Conditions range from asthma and arthritis to breast cancer, diabetes, and stroke.
• Now includes more than 60 comprehensive guides, each of which includes an overview of the condition, as well as in-depth information on causes, risk factors, prevention, need-to-know anatomy, symptoms, tests, treatments and more.
• Premier partners provide content, which U.S. News staff package and present.
• Newest additions include gastroesophageal reflux disease, which affects one in five Americans; cardiomyopathy, which is a leading cause for heart transplants; endometrial cancer, which accounts for 95 percent of uterine cancer cases in the United States.
• More diseases & conditions are added to www.usnews.com/besthealth every week.
• Started in 1990. 2007 will be our 18th year ranking hospitals.
• Widely considered the most authoritative hospital guide.
• Screens over 5,189 hospitals and medical centers around the country.
• Last year’s guide ranked 176 hospitals and medical centers in 16 specialties.
• Most ranked hospitals are referral centers, where the sickest patients are sent for advanced care. Such hospitals follow—and often pioneer—new treatment guidelines. They conduct bench-to-bedside research. And they exploit the latest advances in imaging, surgical devices, and other technologies.
• A hospital’s overall score is based on three equal parts: reputation, mortality, and a mix of care-related factors such as nursing and patient services.
• Generates well over a half million page views per month on Web site.
• U.S. News/American Hospital Association National Directory has facts and figures on more than 6,000 hospitals. Users can search by specialty area, by name, by location (state, city or ZIP code)
• For two years in a row, U.S. News has partnered with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to conduct annual rankings of commercial, Medicare and Medicaid health maintenance organizations and point-of-service plans.
• U.S. News Web site also offers detailed information about clinical performance, customer satisfaction and accreditation status for more than 500 health plans, as well as information on the more than 150 additional plans that chose not to report data.
• Vistors to the Web site can compare up to four plans at a time.
• Therapist finder, powered by Psychology Today, generated over a half million page views last month.
• Hospital Directory
• Calculators for heart risk and body mass index.
• Medical dictionary of key terms health consumers should know.
• A Harvard- and Hopkins-trained physician, Healy is a past Director of the National Institutes of Health, where she started the Women's Health Initiative.
• She is currently a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and is a leader in patient care research and education.
• Site includes her column as well as a video of Dr. Healy on health tips e.g., why cancer patients should stop smoking, tips on keeping your asthmatic child out of the hospital, how to avoid diabetes burnout, how marital strife could hurt your health.