Children's Hospital Annual Benchmark Report


The Annual Benchmark Report (ABR) is a pediatric-specific data program available to all Children’s Hospital Association members to help hospitals compare to their peers. Be part of the only comparative data set amongst more than 150 pediatric hospitals and help further advocacy efforts. The ABR also plays an important role in educating communities on the value of children’s hospitals and how they differ from other providers.

Participating hospitals by peer group

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How it works

Member hospitals are encouraged to submit data annually to keep reporting and benchmarking up-to-date. After hospitals complete their first survey, 70% of subsequent surveys are auto-populated, so updating is quick and easy.

What it measures

The ABR provides in-depth and relevant benchmarking for member hospitals, with more than 400 data points for a comprehensive look at children’s hospitals. Data collected includes:

  • Characteristic data
    What programs and services do my peers offer? How are their organizations structured?
  • Utilization
    How do my admissions compare to similar-sized hospitals?
  • Finance
    Are my operating expenses higher than my peer group?
  • Operations
    How does my staffing model compare to my peers?

Use the data

You can access ABR metrics at any time for strategic planning, budgeting and benchmarking within your organization through online reporting. CHA also uses this data to advance public policy and advocacy efforts, like Medicaid. CHA wants you to make the most of this resource. Add the following citation to materials with ABR data:

Children’s Hospital Association. 2018. Annual Benchmark Report. “Report Title.”

Eligibility and enrollment

The ABR is a benefit of membership and there are no additional fees to participate. Data submission begins in March/April. For more information, email

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Cite this data

Children’s Hospital Association. 2018. Annual Benchmark Report. “Report Title.”

2019 ABR Webinar

Want to know what trends are taking place across children’s hospitals? Curious on how you compare to your peers? Learn how this critical data can boost your strategic planning, budgeting, public policy initiatives, and benchmark needs.