The US News & World Report’s annual hospital rankings, including the top 50 cancer centers, have been released, showing minimal changes from the previous year despite several updates to the ranking methodology. These updates were implemented following concerns raised by various institutions about the ranking process.
- The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston retained its top ranking in the cancer specialty ratings.
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, and Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center in Boston followed in order.
- The rankings were based on factors such as the hospital’s reputation among board-certified physicians, patient survival and safety data, and staffing levels.
- New criteria and metrics were included in this year’s rankings, such as considering hospitals’ outpatient volume for certain specialties and a new rating for leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.
- Despite the methodology updates, the top-ranked hospitals in the cancer care specialty remained largely unchanged.
- The ranking system has faced criticism, with officials at the University of Pennsylvania Health System deciding to stop actively participating in the rankings.
- San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu raised concerns about the ranking’s methodology, alleging it to be poor and opaque.
- Despite the changes in methodology and criticism, the top cancer care centers in the US News & World Report’s rankings have remained consistent, indicating their continued excellence in patient care and outcomes.