Hospitals are expected to care for all the people in their surrounding community who need medical treatment, regardless of their income, race, or education level. The Lown Index is the first hospital ranking to take into account how well hospitals serve people of lower income or education levels, and people of color.
Hospitals routinely provide health care services that are unnecessary and often harmful. This overuse, also known as low-value care, contributes to financial waste and needless patient suffering. The Lown Institute Hospitals Index is the first hospital ranking to evaluate hospitals based on their delivery of 13 commonly overused services, including unnecessary hysterectomy, head imaging for simple headaches, and more.
Nonprofit hospitals are expected to provide charity care and other community benefits, to maintain their tax-exempt status. However, the amount that hospitals spend on free care and other community health needs varies widely. The Lown Institute Hospitals Index is the first hospital ranking to take into account how much hospitals spend on community benefits, as well as the the proportion of low-income patients they serve.
The Lown Index shows that it's entirely possible for hospitals to perform well on all three of our categories, even within a broken system."
The Lown Index rolls up scores from 42 detailed metrics, 7 components, and 3 categories to create an overall composite score.
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