What about this year’s 15 Top honor?

Just as important, will there be T-shirts?

This is typically the time of year we’d be celebrating Asante’s inclusion on the list of the 15 Top Health Systems in the nation — and handing out free commemorative T-shirts to some 6,000 employees.

However, the program, which also includes the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals and 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, has a new owner, delaying the annual rankings release.

15 Top shirtIn February, Premier Inc. purchased the hospital and health system performance rankings from the most recent owner, Merative (formerly IBM-Watson Health). The lists will be integrated into the company’s existing analytics, benchmarking and performance improvement collaborative measures. Premier is a health care analytics firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The company told Asante it plans to release the 100 Top list in September and could announce the 15 Top Health Systems in late December. There is no guarantee Asante will make either list for the 10th and 11th time, respectively. If it does, the popular 15 Top T-shirts won’t be distributed until 2024.

Launched in 1993 by Truven Health Analytics, the hospital rankings look at clinical quality among other measures to determine the performance of a hospital or health system. The lists are published annually by Fortune.

Organizations on the 15 Top Health Systems list have lower inpatient mortality and fewer patient complications; delivered care that resulted in fewer hospital-acquired infections; had lower 30-day readmission rates; sent patients home sooner; kept episode-of-care expenses low, both in-hospital and through the aftercare process; and scored higher on patient ratings of their overall hospital experience.

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