The main purpose of public health is quality improvement of medical care. Ranking of healthcare organizations is rather effective information and marketing tool for external quality management of medical care. The author reviewed international experience in selecting quality measures of medical care to rank healthcare organizations that could be used as a methodological framework for designing rankings of healthcare organizations in Russia. The aim of the study was to identify methodological basis of international rankings of health care facilities: major indicators and criteria for evaluating quality of medical care. The author analyzed methods for developing rankings of international healthcare organizations through the analysis of international scientific sources and information made public by state organizations working in the area of health management as well as through four expert interviews with experts in health management. The author attempts to structure indicators and criteria for quality evaluation of medical care based on Donabedian’s triad as well as identify definitions, content and balance between clinical and non-clinical indicators.