Doctors or nurses walking in hospital hallway, blurred motion.

U.S. News & World Report announced last week changes to their methodology ahead of the release of its 2023-2024 hospital rankings, which are expected in August.

The changes, which emphasize health equity and outpatient outcomes, come as more critics question the outlet’s ratings. In June, the San Francisco city attorney’s office announced it was launching an investigation into U.S. News, alleging the outlet was fraught with bias, questionable methodology and undisclosed financing.

Not long after, the University of Pennsylvania Health System declared it was no longer actively participating in the annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings, underscoring the need for greater transparency. U.S. News announced changes to its methodology, including outpatient outcomes, but the health system’s CEO Kevin Mahoney was not assuaged.

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