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Accredited Ambulatory Health Care and Surgery Centers (AAAHC)

The nonprofit Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) currently accredits over 6000 organizations in a wide variety of ambulatory health care settings, including ambulatory and office based outpatient surgery centers, community health centers, endoscopy centers, lithotripsy centers, some managed health plans, medical group practices, retail clinics, urgent care centers, specialty services, and workplace clinics.  (See also Joint Commission site for hospital-owned ambulatory surgery center accreditation.)

Accredited Ambulatory Surgical Facilities in Canada

Click on Member Search to find surgicentres in any province in Canada, that are accredited by The Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (CAAASF). Unknown how many surgery facilities there are; Cosmetic surgery appears to be the dominant type of surgical center listed

Accredited Healthcare Facilities – Joint Commission Accreditation (all states) Editor's Pick

The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO – Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accredits hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Quality Check provides accreditation and comparison information for hospitals, home health/hospice, laboratories, some nursing homes (called nursing care centers) & assisted living centers, and other health care services. Click on View Report and National Quality Improvement Goals to see actual scores for acute care hospitals 2016-2017

Accredited Hospitals – Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program

The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), founded by the American Osteopathic Association, lists names of acute hospitals and their laboratories, critical access hospitals, office-based and other ambulatory surgery centers; behavioral health, and primary stroke centers, that are accredited under the HFAP program. Competitor to the Joint Commission

Alabama Nursing Home Deficiencies, Assisted Living, Hospitals, Surgery Centers, Etc.

Find free reports on deficiencies for AL nursing homes, assisted living, outpatient surgery facilities, hospitals, home health agencies, hospices, end stage renal disease treatment (kidney dialysis) centers, rehab facilities and more. Some Inspection reports may contain no deficiencies, but simply report a regulatory visit. Site by the Alabama Department of Public Health

California – 2017-18 HMO, PPO, & Medical Group Ratings Report Card Editor's Pick

Compare 10 largest California HMO health insurance plans: Aetna Health, Anthem Blue Cross HMO, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente Northern and Southern CA regions, Sharp, United Healthcare and Western Health Advantage. Compare 6 PPOs: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net Life Insurance Company, United Healthcare. Clear, simple star system (4 stars = excellent; 3 stars = good, 2 stars = fair; 1 star = poor) used for overall rating. Actual performance scores are not given, but may be available through NCQA. Quality measures (based on HEDIS scores) for asthma, cancer screening, child health, chlamydia screening, diabetes, heart care, maternity care, behavioral and mental health, and other expected care. Member satisfaction stars also shown. Complaint rates reported for health plans in a separate report. More than 200 Medical Group ratings also provided by county for the larger groups of doctors. Prepared by the California state Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA), published October 2017

Colorado Health Facilities & Home Health – Complaints, Occurrences, Surveys

Shows complaints, inspection surveys, and adverse events that must be reported to the state for all types of facilities licensed by Colorado, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living residences, ambulatory surgery, birth centers, chiropractic centers, dialysis clinics, hospice and home health agencies, outpatient physical therapy, adult day programs, mental health clinics, portable x-ray services, trauma center. State government website by the CO Department of Public Health and Environment

Colorado Hospital & Ambulatory Surgery Infection Rates 2017

CO Dept. of Public Health (CDPHE) reports patient infections in health facilities, including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis centers. Infection Rates are compared to national average, on surgical site infections for cardiac,colon, breast, hip replacement, knee replacement surgery, outpatient hernia repair, hysterectomy, catheter associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in adult or neonatal ICU, critical care units & long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs), and dialysis treatment centers (DTCs). If a facility is significantly better or worse, it’s highlighted. 2016 data

Compare Community Health Center ratings

Find performance levels of nearly 1400 community health centers by state, on clinical measures: diabetes, hypertension, prenatal care, low birth weight, asthma, childhood immunizations, weight management, dental and cervical cancer screening. UDS data from 2016

Florida Inspection Reports – All health facilities, 2018

Recent inspection reports for all types of healthcare faciilities in Florida. Site includes ambulatory surgery centers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, birth centers, hospitals, clinics, home health, hospice, lab, MRI and imaging centers (see health care clinics), dialysis, rehab agencies, residential treatment centers and more. Both regular biennial inspection reports, and those from complaint investigations are included. Site by FL Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is easy to use. Updated for 2018

Illinois Hospital and Ambulatory Surgery Center Ratings and Prices (IDPH)

Compare IL hospitals on heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention, knee arthroscopy, cardiac surgery, safety measures, infection rates, some survival information, patient satisfaction, more. See volume and 2016 median charges (closest you’ll get to average cost) for selected types of inpatients (e.g. birth, c-section, appendectomy, COPD, gall bladder), and outpatients at ambulatory surgery centers (such as bunionectomy, hernia repair, colonoscopy, lens, lumpectomy, tonsillectomy). Prices may be found under the SERVICES tab. May get a full report for one hospital at a time, or one measure at a time for multiple hospitals side-by-side, with state averages. Hospital Report Card by IL Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) for all IL cities incl. Chicago area, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield, Champaign. Updated 2018, using 2016 data

Indiana Ambulatory Surgical Center Consumer Reports

IN State Dept. of Health (ISDH) reports of accreditation status, survey inspection findings, deficiencies and complaints for outpatient surgery centers

Indiana Hospital & Ambulatory Surgery Center Medical Errors 2016

Indiana Medical Error Reporting System final report for 2016 summarizes 114 reportable events in hospitals and outpatient surgery centers in 2016. Adverse Events such as leaving a foreign object inside a patient after surgery, operating on the wrong body part. or Stage 3 or 4 pressure ulcers (bedsores) acquired after admission, are based on NQF’s list of 28 serious, largely preventable adverse events. List of events by facility name is a separate 286-page pdf file called Data Tables. Market share data included. Published by IN State Dept. of Health (ISDH, in.gov) February 2018.

LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Index Ratings of Hospitals and Clinics 2018

Annual Healthcare Equality Index designated 418 U.S. hospitals, clinics and other facilities as Equality Leaders for their policies and practices related to the gay, lesbian, bisexual transgender and queer community. Criteria include patient non-discrimination, hospital visitation, employment policies and training in LGBTQ patient-centered care. Prepared by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2018

Maine Doctor and Medical Group Ratings, 2015

Maine Patient Experience Matters from the Maine Quality Forum coalition. Compare health center, doctor & clinic ratings (primary care, specialists and pediatrics) for patient satisfaction, getting timely appointments and communication. Percent positive understates what is shown. In the fine print, it says these are Top Box scores, which means the percent of people who gave the highest possible ratings of 9 or 10. Scores from Aug. 2014 to Feb. 2015. Partners include Maine Health Management Coalition, DHSS, Maine Quality Counts, & Muskie School of Public Service

Massachusetts Primary Care Clinic Ratings and Patient Satisfaction Editor's Pick

Compare adult and pediatric clinical quality and patient experience among primary care medical groups in Massachusetts. Must choose location first. Includes medical clinics that have 3 doctors or more. Patient satisfaction (willingness to recommend the clinic, ability to get a timely pediatric or primary care appointment and more) is measured statewide. Quality ratings on behavioral health (mental health), support for patient self-management, and getting high quality of care. Healthcare Compass MA site by Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) shows 2017 scores

Michigan – Compare Hospitals, Physician Groups, Nursing Homes in SE Mich. Editor's Pick

The Greater Detroit Area Health Council provides a 7-county health care performance report at MyCareCompare.org. Compare MI hospitals (side-by-side) for childbirth, COPD, emergency department (ER), heart attack, heart failure, cardiac surgery, hip or knee replacements, imaging, infections, patient safety, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention and overall patient satisfaction. See mortality ratings (survival rate) for some conditions. Same info as listed at the federal HospitalCompare site, except mycarecompare might not be updated as often, so check the federal site. The advantage of mycarecompare is that consumers can see Above Average and Below Average comparisons very quickly, for the selected hospitals they want to look at, and all health conditions at once. Very easy to use. Physician group and nursing home results are at this site. GDAHC hospitals are in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Pontiac and counties: Wayne, Washtenaw, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, and St. Clair. GDAHC was an early leader in quality transparency. It appears that larger hospitals in Lansing and other towns may be included. Medical group data from 2016

Minnesota – Adverse Health Events in MN Hospitals & Ambulatory Surgery Ctrs 2017

Report of 341 adverse health events required to be reported by Minn. law, that occurred in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and behavioral health hospitals. These [Never Events] such as falls or pressure ulcers (bedsores) that resulted in a patient’s death or serious injury, or a foreign object left in during surgery, or operating on the wrong patient or wrong body part, were reported between October 2016 and Oct. 2017. There were 103 serious injuries and 12 deaths. View facility-specific data in the 106-pg pdf (near end of the report). Adverse Events in the 2018 report came from 73 hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers. Report by MN Department of Health Feb. 2018

Minnesota, ND, SD, WI – Physician Clinic Ratings – HealthScores Editor's Pick

Compare side-by-side (5 measures at a time) over 500 participating medical groups, hundreds of clinic locations and urgent care centers in Minnesota, Fargo, Grand Forks, Sioux Falls, and some WI communities for diabetes, knee replacement, vascular care, mental health (depression), cancer screening, controlling high blood pressure, heart (coronary artery) disease, asthma, vaccinations, appropriate care for children with colds and sore throats and more. Some clinics also have patient satisfaction scores. Medical groups include Allina, Altru, Apple Valley, Aspen, Avera, Brainerd, Children’s Physician Network, Dakota Clinic, Edina, Fairview, Fergus, Grand Itasca, Gundersen, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Lakewood, Mankato, Mayo Clinic, North Memorial, Northfield, Olmsted, Park Nicollet, Ridgeview, Sanford, St. Cloud CentraCare, St. Luke’s, St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic (Essentia), Stillwater, United, University of Minnesota, Winona Health Services, and more; OB-GYN clinics and Orthopedic clinics. Report by MN Community Measurement (founded by the MN Medical Association and seven non-profit health insurance plans). Annual data, but report doesn’t specify what year (unclear why that is a secret).  Otherwise, the interactive format is easy-to-use.

Missouri Healthcare-Associated Infections – Central Line, Surgery & Ventilators (HOB) Editor's Pick

Three types of hospital-acquired infections – Central Line Associated Bloodstream (CLAB) Infections, Surgical Site Infection rate, and Head of Bed elevation to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia – are presented by hospital or ambulatory surgery center (ASC) name, along with a symbol identifying whether the facility has a lower or higher rate than its comparison group. Click on DATA if you want to see the actual numbers of infections. Surgery infections available for hysterectomy, hip, heart bypass (CABG), outpatient breast surgery and hernia repair. Report by the MO Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) shows 2016 data. Click on Infection Reporting Data to search

WA Clinic and Health Plan Quality Ratings (WACommunityCheckup.org)

Compare care among 300 medical groups in Washington state. Scroll to Medical Group Performance to see medical group rankings beginning on Figure 18. Highest rated for 2017 were Kaiser Permanente Washington and Virginia Mason for Commercially insured patients; Kaiser and Swedish Medical Centers were highest for Medicaid patients. Groups include Pacific Medical Centers, The Everett Clinic, The Polyclinic, UW Medicine, Columbia Medical Associates, Family Care Network, Women’s Healthcare Alliance, Northwest Physicians Network, MultiCare and International Community and hundreds of others. For two measures, 10 health insurance plans and 9 accountable communities of health (ACOs) were compared. Community Checkup by Washington Health Alliance, uses 2015-2016 data, pub. December 2017

WA Clinic and Medical Group Patient Satisfaction Ratings 2017

Find patient experience ratings with 351 clinics in 35 Washington counties. The primary care clinics represent 114 different primary care medical groups. Patients rated getting timely appointments, communications with their doctors and other providers, coordinating patient care, office staff, overall rating and more. Survey done in Fall 2017, with a solid 26% response rate. FQHC patient ratings are included. Medical Group ratings are grouped as Better, Average or Worse. Clinic-specific ratings start on page 14. Timely publication by WA Health Alliance, Feb. 2018

WI-myhealthwi.org – Compare Medical Group Ratings

Compare the care provided by physicians and doctors in regions across WI. Comparisons are shown by clinic office location. Simple aggegate scoring, but somewhat dated. Sponsored by WHIO (Wisconsin Health Information Organization) with support from WCHQ Collaborative, WI Hospital Assn, DHSS, and WI Medical Society; 2013-2014 data, not as current as WCHQ

Wisconsin Collaborative (WCHQ) – Physician Group Ratings Editor's Pick

Compare WI physician clinics on measures related to satisfaction with getting a timely doctor’s appt.), patient recommendations on clinics; scores for diabetes, heart care, high blood pressure, smoking & osteoporosis screening, pneumonia shot, screening for Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer & Colorectal Cancer; Ischemic Vascular Disease care, BMI, Depression screening and more. Includes Affinity, Aspirus, Aurora, Bellin, Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s and Wheaton, SSM Dean, Mayo Clinic Eau Claire and Franciscan, Froedert, Gundersen Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, Mercy, Meriter, Prevea, Primary Care Associates Appleton, ProHealth, ThedaCare, UW Health and others. Some medical groups report scores by individual clinic location. The Sort-by-Rank option helps you see better performers on the top of your list for some items. Easy to read reports by WI Collaborative for Healthcare Quality; 2016 and 2017 data

Minnesota – Health Care Quality Report 2010 (MDH)

Find quality ratings of physician clinics and hospitals for diabetes, heart and vascular care, cancer screening, pediatric care and immunizations, selected surgery, heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, infections, childbirth, hip fracture, survival rates and more. State is organized into 4 regions; includes little towns and major metro areas. Data from 2008 to 2010; report by the MN Department of Health. Old report.

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Canada – Nova Scotia Hospital Quality reports

Health system quality: Wait times, infections, and Serious Reportable Events are in the report by the Department of Health, Nova Scotia, Canada. 2017-2018 data; often rolled-up to area or province-level

Diagnostic Imaging Centers Accredited by American College of Radiology

Interactive facility search for ACR-accredited facilities: Breast Ultrasound, MRI, Mammography, Radiation Oncology, CT (computed tomography or CAT scan), Nuclear Medicine and PET, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy and Ultrasound

England NHS and Independent Hospitals – Health Care Quality

Compare results for NHS Trusts and Independent hospitals of all types in England. CareQuality Commission provides inspection ratings of Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate. Overall Rating shown, as are how well the hospitals met standards for Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well-Led. Inspection reports current through 2018

Georgia – Hospitals, nursing homes, home health, and more

Facility Inspection Reports by the Office of Regulatory Services at DHR – Locate any state-licensed, registered or certified health facility (including ESRD) or assisted living personal care homes in GA. Updated for 2017. Check to see if there is a report available. Limited comparative information. Most hospitals do NOT have inspection violation reports. Nursing home and home health reports are referred to the federal NursingHomeCompare and HomeHealthCompare Web sites

New York State Hospital Quality Ratings – health.ny.gov

Select NY hospitals to compare in care areas like emergency department waiting time, post-op complications, cardiac, patient satisfaction, readmissions, death rates or infection prevention. Data updated each year, although dates are hard to find (hover over the hospital’s score). Most data are 2015 or 2016. Services include maternity, and volumes for some types of surgery (e.g. endoscopy, colonoscopy, hernia repair). State Department of Health site. Select one hospital at a time. Although you can select hospitals to compare, we couldn’t get the measures to show side by side.

Pennsylvania Health Care Facility & Home Health Locator

The PA Dept. of Health provides a search by county for an Ambulatory Surgical Center, Birth Center, Community Mental Health Center, FQHC, Outpatient Rehab, End Stage Renal Disease, Home Health Agency, Home Care, Hospice, Hospital, Intermediate Care for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Nursing Homes, Pediatric Extended Care, Speech and Physical Therapy, Abortion, Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, and Rural Health Clinic. Many of the sites have links to facility-specific inspection survey reports

South Carolina – Compare Hospital Associated Infection Rates (HAIs)

Find surgical site infection rates at SC hospitals for colon surgery, hysterectomy (abdominal), hip and knee replacements, and heart bypass (CABG), 2016 data. Central line infections in hospital ICUs, c. difficile and MRSA also shown; compare hospitals for each type of infection. Provided by state Department of Health (DHEC), Sept. 2017

Utah OpenData Catalog (Master Producer)

OpenDataCatalog is a browse-yourself database. Some reports are prepared, but may be difficult to read and understand. Most data to 2014 or older. Compare quality at Utah clinics (2015 data). Published by Utah Dept. of Health

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