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Health Insurance Company Rate Increases over 10%  Editor's Pick

Healthcare.gov reports names of health insurance plans who are requesting rate increases of 10% or more for individual policies or small group health plans. Updated for 2017-2018

Top Dentists - by State, US

From usatopdentists.com, comes this list of dentists who received higher ratings in surveys of general dentists and specialists in all states. Search city-specific or statewide within a specialty (including General Dentistry.) Details on methods and how many dentists responded to the survey are somewhat unclear (see Selection Process)

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

Government Employee Health Insurance Cost Comparisons (FEHB)

Web site from US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) helps federal employees and others compare the benefits, member satisfaction, and employee costs of up to 4 health insurance plans at one time. Search by zip code; choose local plans and/or national plans. Convenient and current. The amount that taxpayers and government institutions pay toward the total health care premiums is no longer readily available

HealthGrades Women's Care and Women's Health Awards

HealthGrades lists its 5-star hospitals (Excellence Awards) in women's health defined as cardiovascular and bone & joint care; and women's care defined as labor & delivery and gynecologic procedures. Uses 2011-2013 Medicare data for 2015 cardiovascular and orthopedic ratings. Uses 2012-2014 data from 17 states for the maternity ratings.

Hospital Rates of Scheduling Early C-Sections (Leapfrog)

Compare hospitals on their rates of scheduling C-Sections before the recommended 39 weeks, without a medically-indicated reason. Medical experts recommend that babies need at least 39 completed weeks to develop fully, which includes having a fully developed brain and other organs. Remarkable improvement in 2013 and 2014, compared to 2010. Still, some hospitals do not follow this guideline. 2014 hospital survey by the Leapfrog Group, updated 2015

New Hampshire Pharmacy Drug Listing and Price Lookup  Editor's Pick

NH's official government website, New Hampshire's Medicine Cabinet, compares drug costs from different pharmacies across the state. Shows 2010 prices for an unknown number of drugs, including Simvastatin & brand name drugs like Byetta, Celexa, Chantix, Cozaar, Januvia, Aricept, Namenda, Boniva, Spiriva, Tamiflu, and NH's top 25 drugs such as Clonazepam, Lorazepam, Amoxicillin, Ventolin HFA, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Citalopram, Sertraline, Nexium, Clonidine, Seroquel, Loratadine, Singulair, Concerta, Adderall, Lisinopril, Citalopram, Fluoxetine, Levothyroxine, Trazodone, Alprazolam, Ranitidine, Risperdone

New Hampshire Physician Visit, Outpatient Hospital and Dental Prices - Compare (free)

Compare physician office visit prices, dental prices, hospital outpatient tests, PT visits and some surgery prices, as well as some ER prices (2015-2016 plus 5% inflation) in NH. Choose procedure or test (e.g. lab, Radiology such as x-ray, MRI, CT or ultrasound). Select insurance, or uninsured to compare charges with your deductible. Tonsillectomy, colonoscopy and about 20 different surgeries are in Outpatient, which are bundled to include surgeon and anesthesia costs. Price transparency project developed by the New Hampshire Insurance dept.

New Hampshire State Board of Medicine Physician Finder

Includes MD and DO licenses for New Hampshire doctors. Profiles show medical school (and year), residency training, board certification and specialty, license expiration date, and more. Hit the Enter key after you've made your selections, to activate the search

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Quality Reports - Self-Reported

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, NH) (dhmc.org) provides an extensive set of reports on hospital quality and patient satisfaction for cancer care and surgery, heart conditions, bypass & angioplasty; hip and knee replacements; gastric bypass, diabetes, maternity and newborn care and more. Some data are 2007, rather than 2008 or 2009. Average charges also provided at this site

Estimates of Uninsured in Each County, US Census Bureau  Editor's Pick

Estimates of the number and percent uninsured under age 65, by state and county for 2015, provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) released 2017. Once you've located your counties of interest, click on TABLE to see the actual numbers and recent trends. Remember 2014 was the first year subsidized insurance was available on the health insurance exchange

Self-Reported Hospital Charges: Dartmouth-Hitchcock  Editor's Pick

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, NH) gives average charges (current prices) for doctor's office visit, routine physical, ER visit, eye exam, Lab tests (such as strep test at $69, CBC, lipid profile, PSA at $107), Screening Mammogram ($542 plus professional physician charge of $197 ), MRIs (e.g. $6442 for brain MRI including professional fees), CT scan, stress tests, Pregnancy and prenatal tests such as blood typing, OB ultrasound ($1339); Bone density scan, chest x-ray; Colonoscopy screening ($6564), outpatient gall bladder surgery ($29,225), ear tubes, child tonsillectomy ($10,790), hip and knee replacement, arthroscopy ($17,085), breast biopsy for cancer, sleep studies, psychiatric evaluation and more. Prices for other locations also shown. Impressive site, with professional fees being itemized separately and clearly

County Health Rankings 2017 - All States  Editor's Pick

Compare your county health status to the rest of your state, on smoking, obesity, alcohol use, preventable hospital admissions, primary care provider rate, percent uninsured, motor vehicle crash rate, dental visit, access to healthy foods, liquor store density. Very interesting information. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Univ. of WI Population Health Institute

Health, United States Chartbook for 2016 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

Annual report on trends in health statistics from the publication Health, United States, 2016 edition, by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Report chartbook contains text and figures showing long term trends in the health and healthcare of Americans; 1975 to 2015; 114 tables. Published online by CDC May 2017; 488 pages

Kaiser statehealthfacts.org: Individual State Profiles

Compare states on health status, health insurance coverage, costs, minority health, and more. Shows links to state government. From the Kaiser Family Foundation; 2013 data, or older

State Scorecard 2014: Access, Quality, Costs, Health

All states are ranked by The Commonwealth Fund in this State Scorecard on Health System Performance - Aiming Higher. Interactive database to see just your state. Better yet, check out who is at the top of the list: Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Hawaii, Connecticut, Maine, Wisconsin, Delaware and Iowa. Data periods vary; most are current to 2012; one measure to 2013; 42 measures

State-by-State Snapshots, 2014 (AHRQ)

State Snapshots show strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement in health and healthcare, based on data from the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR). How does your state rate? Released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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2014 Guide to State Adverse Event Reporting Systems (NASHP)

State Health Policy Survey Report provides a snap shot of the scope and operations of state government adverse event reporting systems as of 2014. At that time, only 6 states (CO, MN, NH, MA, CT and IN) reported facility-specific data to the public. Not much change since 2007. 31 pages, published by National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), Portland, Maine, January 2016

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, IVF clinics and specialty clinics. Consumers can specify Student Health Center, Endoscopy center, Indian health center, military health care facility or ambulatory surgery center under Organization Type. (See also Joint Commission site for hospital-owned ambulatory surgery center accreditation.)

Accredited Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)

Browse the news releases to find outpatient surgery facilities accredited by the nonprofit American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery (AAAASF). Over 2200 facilities are reportedly accredited, and include cosmetic and plastic surgery centers, & endoscopy centers. No database. Consumers may wish to read about the standards

Accredited Chest Pain Centers - Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC)

List of Accredited Chest Pain Centers - some with PCI (percutaneous cardiac intervention). Must meet emergency department requirements and standards for timely diagnosis and treatment. List is interactive by state or type of accreditation. Shows location of each hospital. Provided by the nonprofit Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC)

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

Acupuncture Referral Service - Find an acupuncturist

List of acupuncturists by state and country - note, many people are listed twice. Besides the US and Puerto Rico, professionals in Canada, Australia, UK (England, United Kingdom), India, and other countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East are included in the directory. Interesting observation: no acupuncturists in China are listed

ALS Association's Certified Centers and Clinics

The ALS Association is a non-profit dedicated to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ("Lou Gehrig's disease"). They select, certify and support regional ALS centers and clinics they recognize as the best in the field; and which have neurological diagnostics and imaging, and available certain on-site licensed and certified ancillary services

AMA Doctor Finder  Editor's Pick

American Medical Association site provides information on members of the AMA first, but also lists information on non-member physicians. Site reports over 814,000 physicians listed, and shows board certification as well as training. However, you may not find all doctors who are not members of the AMA, nor those not Board-certified.

Ambulatory Surgery Average Charges in U.S. Hospitals, 2007  Editor's Pick

Find average prices (mean charge) for about 80 outpatient ambulatory surgery procedures done in hospitals in 2007 (excluding surgeon's or other physician fees.) Average colonoscopy & biopsy price was $2369; upper GI endoscopy $3131; cataract & lens was $4870; tonsillectomy $5286; knee cartilage $7357; hernia repair $8187; outpatient gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) $10,838; breast biopsy $3863; lumpectomy $7458; ear tube surgery (myringotomy) $3547; D&C $6366; arthroscopy $8970; incontinence procedures $9929; vericose veins $8459; bunionectomy $7699; wrist fracture $7807; $4770 for circumcision. Consumers will need to adjust the 2007 prices to estimate 2010 facility costs; 2007 prices for many surgeries were up 25% to 41 percent over 2003 prices. Overall average was $6100, compared to nearly $40,000 for inpatient surgery. AHRQ Statistical Brief # 86 is based on 28 states (2/3 of US population) published February 2010

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) - What is Your Doctor's Specialty?  Editor's Pick

ABMS is a highly-regarded, not-for-profit organization comprising 24 medical specialty boards, that oversees physician certification in the US. See whether your doctor is board-certified in his/her specialty (such as Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, etc.) and in his/her subspecialty (such as Cardiovascular Disease, Geriatric Medicine, Oncology, Endocrinology, Neonatal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, etc.) Click on Is Your Doctor Certified on the left of the certification matters.org page (sponsored by abms.org). Registration (free) is required, but in many years of using this site, the editor has found no down-side to it & would encourage visitors to use the site

American Dental Association (ADA) Directory

Database to help you find a dentist who belongs to the American Dental Association. Shows only name, location and contact information

American Hospital Directory - Outpatient Charges and Volumes (ahd.com)  Editor's Pick

Charges and average costs for the 20 outpatient Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs) representing the highest Medicare outpatient payment to each hospital (excluding critical access hospitals). List varies by hospital. May include: cost for colonoscopy, laparoscopy, CT, MRI, clinic and emergency (ER) visits, x-ray tests, upper GI, lower GI endoscopy, arthroscopy, cataract with lens, angiography, echocardiography, hernia repair, infusion therapy, nerve injection, outpatient cardiac catheterization, ultrasound. Scroll to bottom of the hospital page to Outpatient Utilization Statistics. Also shown: inpatient market share by local zip code; net income. Link is to the Free Hospital Information

Assisted Living - General Costs 2012 (MetLife survey)

Annual Survey of assisted living costs finds annual average costs rose to $42,600 ($3550 per month). Variation by city from average cost per month of $2355 (parts of Arkansas) to $5933 (Washington, DC). Very few markets have an average price under $2500. About 51% provided Alzheimer's and dementia care, with 61% charging an additional add-on fee for memory care; average base rate rose to $57,684 per year ($4807 per month). November 2012 (most recent available)

Assisted Living Federation of America - ALFA Provider Database

Directory size is unknown, relative to all the Assisted Living providers that are licensed by the 50 states, but this may be a helpful starting point. ALFA members are listed first and have detailed profiles; other assisted living facilities show name and city only

Assisted Living, Home Health, Nursing Home Average Costs 2017 (Genworth)  Editor's Pick

Typical cost for home health aide in a licensed agency was $21.50 per hour nationwide (median). A private one bedroom Assisted Living facility cost more than $45,000 per year ($3750 per month). Semi-private nursing home median room rate was $235 per day, with Alaska at a whopping $800. All states listed; average adult day care and homemaker rates also shown. Survey by Genworth Financial (CareScout) in May and June 2017; published August 2017

Average Total Premiums and Employee Contribution, Selected Cities, 2015  Editor's Pick

The 2015 average health insurance premiums and amount of employee contribution for single, single-plus-one, and family coverage by selected cities and metropolitan regions, or remainder of state shown in this MEPS table of costs for private-sector businesses. Average single premiums in many parts of the country now exceed $6000 or even $7000 (Alaska and New York-Newark areas). Lowest rate $5011 was in Little Rock AR. The only regions where average employee-plus-one premiums were under $10,000 were Memphis, and rural parts of AR, MS, and UT. Family premiums were best in Ogden and other parts of UT (about $13,500); but topped $22,500 in parts of Alaska. Single contribution exceeded $2000 in Manchester-Nashua NH, and Family contribution was over $7000 in Oklahoma City and Baltimore MD. Coverage levels and plan design will vary

Behavioral Health Facility Locator  Editor's Pick

Find a treatment clinic or facility for mental health, alcohol, drug, and substance abuse treatment. Search up to a 200-mile radius or more, including crossing state lines. The Detailed search allows specifying outpatient, inpatient, residential treatment, or a mix of mental health and substance abuse services, and permits a full national search. May filter out smoking or nonsmoking locations. Site by the federal Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Best and Worst Hospitals for Mortality: Heart care, Pneumonia (USA TODAY)

USATODAY.com published the federal government's list of hospitals that stand out for delivering better survival rates for heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia care, and those who score significantly worse in 30-day death rates. Actual mortality rates shown for Medicare patients, using data from 2006 to 2007. Very easy for consumers to read, but outdated. Pub. Aug. 20, 2008

Blue Distinction Centers: Cardiac, Cancer, Hip, Knee, Spine, Bariatric Surgery, Organ Transplants

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have designated national Blue Distinction Centers meeting their standards and selection criteria for bariatric surgery, cardiac (heart) care, organ transplants (e.g. bone marrow/stem cell, heart, lung, liver, pancreas transplants), total knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and hospitals for 13 Complex and Rare Cancers (e.g. pancreatic, liver, bladder, brain, bone, esophageal, leukemia, rectal, thyroid cancer, head & neck, gastric). Detailed quality criteria are not readily disclosed. Lists organized by state for each specialty; updated 2015

CareChex America's Top Quality Hospitals 2015

Lists of top 10% hospitals in specialties such as cancer care, cardiac surgery, inpatient gall bladder surgery, GI care, general surgery, hip fractures, joint replacement, organ transplants, spinal fusion, stroke care, and more. Methodology does not disclose dates covered by the data. Announcing award-winning hospitals requires license fee to be paid. CareChex is a division of Comparion Medical Analytics, a for-profit information company, which appears to be a competitor to HealthGrades

Certified Mammography Facilities

Searchable list of nearly 9000 mammography facilities by zip code or state that are certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Certifying State as meeting baseline Mammography Quality Standards for equipment, personnel and practices. Use the complete state list (sort by city) if you want a mammogram in another zip code - or you will likely miss some nearby facilities. As of May 1, 2017, about half of facilities had been inspected, and nearly 89% had no violations

Clinics for Underserved Populations (HRSA)  Editor's Pick

List of federally funded community health centers that provide primary care, pregnancy care, physician office visits, immunizations, dental care, mental health and other services, regardless of ability to pay. Search by state, county or zip code. Every state appears to have special clinics for those without insurance. Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) have sliding fee scales for people up to 200% of poverty level

CMS Public List of Nursing Homes with Serious Quality Problems (9-21-2017)  Editor's Pick

CMS lists nursing homes in any state and District of Columbia that have a history of serious quality problems. These Special Focus Facilities (SFF) have been officially entered into the federal government's SFF program to monitor care. Homes on the list may have a history of "yo-yo" compliance, with a good survey followed by substandard quality on the next, thus unable to sustain good care. Some nursing homes are listed as Showing Improvement or having graduated out of the program. Updated Sept. 2017

Commission on Cancer Hospital Locator - Accredited Cancer Programs  Editor's Pick

American College of Surgeons offers the Commission on Cancer - Find Treatment Centers - Search by zip code (or city and state) and up to a 50 mile driving distance. Click on Annual Caseload to find volumes for different types of cancer treated, and Stage of cancer. More than 1,400 facilities are accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation of a cancer center is based on ability to comply with established CoC standards

Compare Hospitals at Why Not the Best? (IPRO)  Editor's Pick

If you could choose only one website to check hospital ratings, this might be it. Shows trends and in many cases which hospital has the best performance in the country. Currently using 2015-2016 data for most measures. Some measure are older. Heart care, pneumonia, surgery, patient satisfaction, survival rates (mortality) and more. Trends are shown for many hospitals, and you might be able to find Top Performers in the country at this website. Operated by IPRO

Cost of Assisted Living, Home Health Aides, Nursing Homes (2015 Northwestern)

Northwestern Mutual surveyed assisted living facilities, home health agencies and Medicare-certified nursing homes in all states and DC in 2015. Average rate for assisted living was $4383 per month ($52,591 per year). Average daily rate for nursing home private room was $273 per day; home health aides averaged $26 per hour, but ranged from $18 per hour to $43/hr. depending on city

Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

The project, run by Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School, highlights the wide variations in how health care is delivered across the United States. Online tool provides comparisons by geographic region (HSAs or HRR) for Medicare healthcare use (data through 2005). While the tool is easy to use, the conceptual understanding of the reports requires technical sophistication

Directories (MedlinePlus)  Editor's Pick

This may be the only directory mega-list you will ever need. Directory links for doctors, dentists, hospitals, chiropractors, psychologists, hospice programs, and more. Extensive list of directories, although some sites only list those who are members of their association, and do not list others who may be licensed in that field. Specialized directories (e.g. Find an Eye MD, Directory of Asthma Camps, Sleep Centers, or Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers) can also be located here. Five pages of listings

Directory of America's Hospitals: State-by-State Hospital Index  Editor's Pick

Comprehensive index of over 6000 hospitals prepared jointly by the American Hospital Association and US News & World Report. Search by location. Descriptive information, and links to hospitals' websites. Includes Guam, Puerto Rico. Well-maintained site

Doctor and Dentist Ratings and Reviews

Patients may rate anyone called Doctor (such as chiropractors and dentists) in the US and selected countries at this site: RateMDs.com. As of June 2017, very few physicians had more than 30 patient ratings. Most physicians only have one patient rating. Doctors are rated on their staff, their punctuality, helpfulness and knowledge. Unable to sort list by rankings or number of ratings. Consumers may add a comment. Be VERY CAUTIOUS in using these ratings as the results may NOT be valid.

Fertility Clinic Success Rates - 2012 ART Report (CDC)  Editor's Pick

Find out about ART clinics (Assisted Reproductive Technology) in the US and Puerto Rico, in this 576-page report by the CDC in conjunction with Reproductive Medicine societies. Shows success rates by age of woman, and both fresh and frozen embryo transfers. One-page summaries for each of 456 fertility clinics reporting 2012 data. Nationally, about 32% of embryo transfers resulted in singleton live births, with nearly 47% of fresh embryos resulting in live births. Pub. 2014

Find a Doctor at Physician Compare

Federal government website at medicare.gov lists physicians by city (the zip code feature is not reliable yet) and specialty, including podiatry. Not too much information, usually less than you get at a state's licensing site, even after 7 years since site launch. Maybe in the future it will contain useful quality comparisons. Psychologists, social workers, therapists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants & audiologists are not included

Find a Geriatric Care Manager

Search for what is here referred to as an Advanced Aging Life Care specialist. The Aging Life Care Association was formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, Inc. This national directory is easy to use. Credentials of members listed will vary widely. The credentials of the Advanced Professionals may be the most useful. Not all areas of the US are covered.

Find a Plastic Surgeon (ASAPS)

Use the online directory to find a board-certified plastic surgeon for your plastic surgery such as breast augmentation or breast reduction, eyelid surgery, facelift, laser hair removal, liposuction, nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) or tummy tuck. Web site by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

Find an Oncologist American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Interactive database to help you find a board-certified physician with specialties in the specific type of cancer expertise you're interested in, or types of oncology, tumors, etc. From the American Society of Clinical Oncology (cancer.net) ASCO website

Find an Orthopedic Foot and Ankle MD Physician (AOFAS)

Members of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society are listed in this searchable database. Only doctor's name and contact information available. Check other sources for education and experience

Find an Orthopedic Surgeon (Orthopaedist)

Find an orthopedic surgeon anywhere in the US. Easy-to-use and informative site, by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Find Health Insurance Options - healthcare.gov

Website (new in 2011) helps small businesses and individuals know what health insurance options might be available to them. Search by zip code. Can compare 3 companies or plans at once; many show approximate monthly premiums. No recommendations or rankings. From HHS at US government

Fraud Prevention - See Who is Excluded from Medicare ...

Site by the HHS Office of Inspector General allows consumer to search for a specific name of a person or business to see if they have been excluded from receiving payment from Medicare and Medicaid, due to license revocation, suspension or surrender; program-related fraud; patient abuse or neglect, and other reasons such as default on Health Education Assistance Loans. Exclusions Database contains physicians, nurses, nurses’ aides, hospital employees, pharmacists, nursing home operators and more. Thousands of listings

GuideStar.org - Form 990 and Executive Compensation, Nonprofits  Editor's Pick

Free registration is required to access the basic database, but it is worth your time. Most tax-exempt nonprofits file a Form 990 with the IRS, which shows important financial information and executive compensation (or portion of executive comp) received from that organization. Guidestar reports having over 10 million visits per year

HCAHPS - Patient Satisfaction Scores for Hospitals 2016  Editor's Pick

Use the Find and Compare hospitals tab to view patient satisfaction survey ratings and opinions by hospital inpatients across the US. Side by side comparisons for 3 hospitals at a time, 2015-2016 data. Find out how many patients would recommend their hospital, and the percent who give their hospital a 9 or 10 score. Voluntary hospital participation. Federal government oversees the HCAHPS survey process (H-Caps) - Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems

HealthGrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, 2017

Annual report (Jan. 2017) identifies top-rated distinguished hospitals (top 5%) from evaluating Medicare data from 2013 to 2015. Mortality results (survival rates) and complication rates have been factored in for at least 21 procedures and diagnoses such as: heart bypass surgery, pacemaker, defibrillator, heart attack, heart failure, valve replacement, back & neck surgery, carotid surgery, COPD, gall bladder, hip fracture, hip replacement, knee replacement, prostate surgery, TURP, pneumonia, stroke, bowel obstruction, GI bleed, pancreatitis, diabetes hospitalization, pulmonary embolism & sepsis. Hospitals listed by state

HealthInsight: National Rankings for Home Health Agencies (all states)  Editor's Pick

Overall composite home health quality ratings based on a summary of 12 or more measures of care in 2015-2015. Health Insight, developed by Utah, New Mexico and Nevada, used the national CMS measures and data to develop a composite ranking. Easier to use than the federal CMS website, but less detail. Interactive tool allows very fast search by state

HealthInsight: National Rankings for Hospitals (all states)  Editor's Pick

Overall hospital rankings based on a summary of readmissions, mortality, AMI (heart attack), heart failure, stroke, blood clot, surgical infection prevention rankings, plus patient opinions and more. Health Insight, a project of Utah, New Mexico and Nevada, developed a helpful composite ranking for nearly every hospital in the nation, using at least 30 national CMS measures and satisfaction ratings from inpatients. Results shown by state. Easier to use than the federal HospitalCompare website, but less detail. Updated with 2014-2015 data

HealthInsight: National Rankings for Nursing Homes (all states)

Overall composite nursing home quality ratings based on a summary of 6 to 13 quality measures on over 15,000 nursing homes in 2016. Health Insight, developed by Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico, used the national CMS measures and data to develop a composite ranking. Easier to use than the federal CMS website, but less detail, although it shows long term trends. Updated 2017

Home Health Compare - www.medicare.gov (all states)  Editor's Pick

This tool gives detailed information about Medicare-certified home health agencies. Search by county or zip code and see performance scores related to home care services. Find the graphs to compare agencies on measures related to managing daily activities, pain, teaching patients or their caregivers, getting readmitted to the hospital and more. Five star rating system and actual scores. Patient satisfaction ratings included, with a national average of 78% who would recommend their agency. 2016-2017 data

HomeCare Elite Home Health Agencies 2015 - all states (pdf)

List of over 2000 home health agencies that rate in the top 25% has been released by OCS, a division of National Research Corporation. Uses Quality, Patient Satisfaction and Financial performance data (2013-2015) from HomeHealthCompare and CMS Medicare cost reports. Top 100 and top 500 agencies flagged for consumers. OCS' HomeCare Elite (TM) list (37 pages) in alphabetical order. Free registration required

Hospice - Find a Hospice that signed the Quality Pledge (NHPCO)

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the US. Their searchable database helps consumers find a member hospice, including those Quality Partners who have signed the Quality Pledge

Hospital Clinic Visit Charges and Medicare Payments 2015

Find the average price for 28 types of hospital outpatient charges to Medicare patients. Includes average charge for 24 million Hospital Clinic Visits ($199) and average discount of 52%; Level 1 through Level 3 examinations (average charge from $109 to $1334, with discounts from 53% to 72%.) All other procedures (APCs) such as Endoscopy, nerve injections, ultrasound, EKG, MRI, Pulmonary Tests, Cardiac Imaging, Sleep Studies, Excision/Biopsy, Debridement, Noninvasive physiologic studies, eye tests, or electronic analysis of devices, have Medicare discounts from 63% to 90% off the charges. Example: Medicare paid $277 (including patient portion) on an average charge of $2867 for an MRI in CY 2015. Each state's average is also shown. In a separate Excel file, find the average charge by hospital (excluding Critical Access Hospitals). Difficult to use, from CMS August 2017

Hospital Compare - 30-day Death Rates, COPD (2017)  Editor's Pick

Federal government site from CMS shows whether hospitals met expected 30-day survival rates for Medicare COPD patients. The national Risk-Adjusted death rate (mortality rate) was 8.0% for COPD. Of US hospitals measured and reported, vast majority were statistically no different than national average; some hospitals had worse survival rates. Find COPD mortality ratings under Complications and Deaths. Results use 2013-2016 data, updated 2017

Hospital Compare - 30-day Death Rates, Heart Attack, Heart Failure & CABG (2017)  Editor's Pick

Federal government site from CMS shows whether hospitals meet expected 30-day survival rates for heart attack and heart failure Medicare cases. National death rates were 13.6% for heart attack, 11.9% for heart failure and 3.2% for CABG (heart bypass) surgery patients. Compare hospitals in your area. The number of hospitals that were significantly worse than the national value were 22 for heart attack, 100 for heart failure and 18 for CABG. Results updated 2017, 2013-2016 data

Hospital Compare - 30-day Death Rates, Pneumonia (2017)  Editor's Pick

Federal government site from CMS shows whether hospitals met expected 30-day survival rates for Medicare pneumonia patients. The national Risk-Adjusted death rates (mortality rates) were 15.9% for pneumonia. Of US hospitals measured and reported, vast majority were statistically no different than national average; 248 hospitals had worse survival rates. Find pneumonia mortality ratings under Complications and Deaths measures. Results use 2013-2016 data, updated 2017

Hospital Compare - 30-day Death Rates, Stroke (2017)  Editor's Pick

Federal government site from CMS shows whether hospitals met expected 30-day survival rates for Medicare stroke patients. The national Risk-Adjusted death rates (mortality rates) were 14.6% for stroke. Of US hospitals measured and reported, vast majority were statistically no different than national average; 71 hospitals had worse survival rates. Find stroke mortality ratings under Complications and Deaths measures. Results use 2013-2016 data, updated 2017

Hospital Compare - at medicare.gov (all states) Hospital star ratings, complications  Editor's Pick

Federal government gives 1 to 5 stars and compares hospital ratings for heart attack (AMI), heart failure, pneumonia, COPD, stroke, hip & knee, preventing surgery infections, timeliness of Emergency (ER) dept., use of medical imaging in 2015 to 2016. Includes death rate comparisons from heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, COPD, stroke, CABG; and return to hospital (readmission) rates. Click on Timely & Effective Care, or Complications. Shows patient satisfaction HCAHPS ratings from 2016. Editor's Pick because the government standardized broad ratings for all hospitals, and most ratings are based on more than just Medicare patients. However, it is still complicated. Small volume hospitals will not show data for some measures. Be sure to click on Show Graphs or View More Details. Overall Star Ratings were controversial in 2016. Today's stars may reflect older data than shown at the website. Read the fine print

Hospital Infection Prevention Ratings - State-level  Editor's Pick

Compare hospitals in certain states on how well they prevent infections. Half the states (CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WA) produce a report on healthcare infections. Consumers Union (the publisher of Consumer Reports), actively promotes public disclosure of hospital infection rates at stophospitalinfections.org and tracks state laws on infection reporting. Time periods and reports vary

Hospital Ratings at HealthGrades (all states) 2018  Editor's Pick

Hospital Ratings (5-star, 3-star, 1-star) for over 30 diseases & inpatient procedures: Stroke, back surgery, COPD, diabetes, gall bladder surgery (cholecystectomy), bowel obstruction, GI Bleed, hip fracture repair, hip replacement, total knee replacement, prostate removal, TURP, hysterectomy (listed under gynecologic surgeries), respiratory failure, pneumonia, cardiac bypass, heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty, defibrillator, pacemaker, valve surgery, sepsis, pancreatitis, pulmonary embolism, abdominal aneurysm, stomach surgery, peripheral vascular bypass & more. Probably Medicare-only data for most conditions, although some states provide maternity, appendectomy, and bariatric surgery (gastric bypass) data. More extensive list than the federal government's site. Publicly-traded company. Most data in 2018 ratings are from Medicare patients, from 2014 to 2016. Click on More to see 3-year patient volume, and actual mortality or complication rates compared to predicted. Patient satisfaction ratings are featured by HealthGrades. One hospital at time, unfortunately

Hospital Safety for Medicare Patients, Gov't Ratings 2013

Federal Government shows patient safety rates for Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC), such as Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI), hospital falls, foreign object left in after surgery, manifestations of poor glycemic control (signs of uncontrolled blood sugar), the most severe pressure ulcers (bedsores) and vascular catheter-associated infections. They are all serious conditions that some patients get during an inpatient hospital stay. If hospitals follow proper procedures, patients are less likely to get these conditions. Dates are not easy to find, but they will be the most current available. Updated 2013

Individual Monthly Health Insurance Premium Cost - 2013 (KFF)

Kaiser Family Foundation reports average health insurance premium from 2013 for a single person's policy. Benefit coverage varies by state and policy. Range is from $158 per month in Utah to over $400 in New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont. Average in US is $235 per mo. before the 2014 health insurance exchange went into effect.

J.D. Power - 2015 Health Insurance Plan Ratings - consumer opinions

J.D. Power and Associates shows ratings in selected states and regions for commercial health plans on Overall member satisfaction, Choice of doctors & hospitals, Communication, Claims processing, Out-of-pocket costs, Coverage and benefits, and Customer service. Methodology for member satisfaction survey was not readily found on the website

Kaiser state health facts: Minority Health Uninsured Rates

Site shows race/ethnicity comparisons for health insurance coverage and uninsured. Shows 2015 data, the second year of coverage through the Health Exchanges. Highest uninsured rates were in TX and Georgia. Tied for 3rd worst: FL, Mississippi and Oklahoma

Kidney Dialysis Center Compare - from medicare.gov  Editor's Pick

Compare services and ratings on kidney dialysis facilities in any state or US territory. Quality measures show relative survival among facilities and quality of care provided to Medicare patients at hospital-sponsored centers, nonprofit and for-profit dialysis centers. Resources on kidney failure and end stage renal disease (ESRD) also linked

Leapfrog Hospital Quality Ratings - For Consumers (all states)  Editor's Pick

The Leapfrog Group, an employer-based coalition, asks hospitals to voluntarily report how closely they follow recommended quality and safety practices, including Evidence-Based Hospital Referral for high-risk procedures. CLICK on the blue [i] to the right of each green bar chart to find out if your hospital meets survival expectations and volume standards of 120 for aortic valve replacement; 50 High-Risk Delivery-Neonatal ICU patients per year. Info on infection rates and early elective cesarean deliveries also reported. Many hospitals participate; easy to compare. Updated for 2016, but period covered is unclear. Leapfrog was a pioneer in getting ratings in the public eye

Leapfrog Top Hospitals for 2016 (December 2016)

Leapfrog named 115 hospitals to its 2016 Top Hospitals list, including 9 top children's hospitals and 21 rural hospitals. Hospitals must have responded to Leapfrog's Hospital Survey. Leapfrog Group is a large employer-based organization whose mission is to trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality and affordability of health care. The measures emphasize patient safety

Link to Your State Insurance Department Site (all states)

If you like to browse, your state's site may have additional information about health insurance. These links are provided by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the organization of insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. The NAIC site also has a company search feature (under Consumer Information, from the Home page) that allows you to obtain financial information, and complaint information on the exchange, HMOs and other health insurance providers

Medical Fitness Association: Find an MFA Facility

The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) is a non-profit organization that tracks, supports and promotes the industry of medical fitness centers. Facility locator identifies centers worldwide

Medicare (Inpatient) Prices for Hospitalizations 2015

A difficult to use Excel file of amounts paid to hospitals by Medicare, on average for FY 2015. Listed by DRG and provider, consumers can see the Medicare volume for that diagnosis and how much the hospital was allowed as Covered Charges, plus what Medicare payments were.

Medicare Ambulatory Outpatient Surgery Average Cost (2010)

Find out the average prices (charges) to Medicare patients in your state and county, and how much Medicare actually pays for 50 common ambulatory surgeries for rotator cuff repair, wrist fracture pinning, hernia repair, shoulder scopes, endoscopy, colonoscopy, bladder scopes and stents, laser coagulation or vaporization of prostate for urine flow, lower back injections and more. Example: Hernia repair CPT 49560 has average charge of $4274, with Medicare allowing $907 and actually paying $711. Over 80% discount! Average payments do NOT show how much your costs for co-pays and deductibles are, nor are physician fees shown. Consumers are expected to know CPT codes and how to use Excel files. Not our favorite, but this is the best of what's out there, and it shows how messed up healthcare pricing is. No longer Editor's Pick, since in four years and the Value-Driven Health Care initiative, we expected improved reports. 2009 data published Aug. 20, 2010

Medicare Ambulatory Surgery Charges - 13 Other Commonly Performed Procedures (2010)

See this second file for 13 more procedure prices and discounts to Medicare. This file covers Ambulatory Surgery Center facility charges and Medicare payments for selected outpatient surgery such as breast biopsy (example: $3660 national average breast biopsy charge, with Medicare allowing $444, and paying $349 - over 90% discount), surgical change of stomach tube, prostate needle biopsy (CPT code 55700 $1599 average charge, $396 allowable; $310 average cost paid), nerve blocks, cataract removal & lens insertion ($3135 charge, $953 allowed), cancer screen colon scope for high risk patients, and more. Does not include physician fees. Confusing file unless you know CPT codes. This is the best of what's out there nationally, with state and county average charges. 2009 data published Aug. 20, 2010

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans - Premiums and Quality Ratings  Editor's Pick

Compare the prices (monthly premium average cost) for prescription drug coverage through Medicare (medicare.gov) and see which plans have higher ratings. Uses a 5-star quality rating system that includes member satisfaction survey reports. 2018 premiums available for open enrollment ending Dec. 7, 2017

NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings and Report Card 2017  Editor's Pick

Compare quality ratings for HMOs and PPO health insurance plans. Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna, Humana, Kaiser, United - they're all here, as are many non-profit regional plans. Star ratings and number of enrollees shown for accredited commercial, Medicare and Medicaid plans. NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance) is a private nonprofit organization that sets standards for quality of care and service that health plans provide to their members. NCQA Accreditation is a nationally recognized seal of approval. Updated 2017

Nursing Home Compare (all states) www.medicare.gov 2017  Editor's Pick

Free 5-star ratings from Nursing Home Compare for nursing homes that are Medicare or Medicaid certified and provide skilled nursing care. Quality ratings, nursing staffing and CNA hours per resident day, and results from survey inspection reports are updated with 2017 data. If you cannot find the nursing home you're interested in, the facility might not accept Medicare and Medicaid patients. Check your state reports for additional information. Consumers can also ask the nursing facility to share their reports on resident and family satisfaction. Good nursing homes welcome your inquiry

Nursing Home Watch List from MemberoftheFamily.net

MemberoftheFamily.net provides information about 16,000 Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing homes in the United States, including reports based on recent government surveys. This watch list tends to identify a lot of nursing homes where quality of care concerns have been identified. Updated with 2015 reports

Nursing Homes & Assisted Living directory (members in LeadingAge)

Browse this database of members in the LeadingAge (formerly American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, AAHSA) to find nursing homes, assisted living facilities, independent living, adult day care and home & community-based services. Shaped by not-for-profit values

Obesity Trends to 2014, CDC

State-by-state obesity trends for adults from 2011 to 2014. Download the PowerPoint slides to see growth of Americans, year by year, as obesity grips the country. Data shown in the maps were collected through the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Updated Sept. 2015

Organ Transplants - Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network

Transplant survival rates on a regional basis (1-year, 3-year, 5-year) compared to national; transplant center volumes; kidney, pancreas, liver, heart, lung, intestine. Click Regional Data on the left. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Updated 2010

Palliative Care - Provider Program Directory

Hospitals with Palliative Care programs are listed in this directory by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) in conjunction with the National Palliative Care Registry. Palliative care specializes in the relief of the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness

Physician Payments: Average Medicare payment for 25 Common Office visits

Difficult file to use for find out what Medicare paid for certain types of office visits and procedures in 2012. Average doctor's price is NOT SHOWN, but only the allowed amount determined by Medicare, and how much Medicare paid on average (for every state). Must know how to use Excel files and billing code knowledge also helpful. Medicare paid $49 for a 99213 office code (15 minute office visit for an established patient) and $73 for a 25-minute office visit, and just $101 for a 60-minute visit (est. patients). If the patient was new, Medicare paid $73 on average for a 30 minute visit, and $116 for 45 minutes. Medicare's annual wellness visit was paid at $165 for new enrollees, then $111 for subsequent annual visits. The most common EKG was paid at $14, ear wax removal at $36, pneumonia or annual flu shot at $23. Terribly dated; last updated Sept. 2013

Physician: Average Cost for 25 Common Ambulatory Surgery Center Procedures

Difficult file for consumers to use unless familiar with Excel. Allowed amounts (rather than prices) in the Ambulatory Surgery file for 25 Common high volume outpatient surgical procedures in a Surgery Center, shows what Medicare paid during 2012 for cataract surgery, different types of endoscopy, spinal injections, some hernia repairs, carpal tunnel release, kidney stone crushing, prostate biopsy (avg $530 paid on $670 allowable charge), correction of bunion, and more. Uses CPT codes, and all states are listed. Terribly dated; last updated Sept. 2013

Physicians Rate Health Insurance Plans 2014 (Medscape)

Find out how a sample of 6000 physicians rate Blue Cross, Aetna, CIGNA, Harvard Pilgrim, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Kaiser, Oxford, Humana, HealthNet and UnitedHealthcare health insurance companies (payers). On a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high), the best can only muster a 3.3 overall rating. Scores indicate how easy a health plan is to do business with. By Medscape. Last Pub. 2014

Premier 2016 QUEST Awards for High-value Healthcare

5 hospital winners were selected for the QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare. They achieved top performance in all seven of the areas measured: cost and efficiency, inpatient and outpatient evidence-based care, mortality, safety, patient experience and appropriate hospital use.

QIO Listings - Quality Improvement and Innovation Organizations

The mission of the QIO program is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, economy, and quality of services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries. It has been modified to incorporate Quality Innovation Networks and complaints on behalf of patients and beneficiaries. Find a Quality Improvement Organization here, organized by region and area

Rehabilitation Hospitals - CARF-Accredited Facilities

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities offers the ability to do an online search for accredited facilities with specific rehab programs you may be interested in. Includes Behavioral Health, Pain Management, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord, Physical Rehab, Aging services, and more. Search engine is either simple (just zip code) or very complicated because of its detail, abbreviations and multiple choices

State Comparisons: % of Adults Aged 65+ Who Have Ever Received A Pneumococcal Vaccine, 2013

Just over two-thirds (67.9%) of those ages 65+ have had their pneumonia shot according to this map. Leader is Oregon at 75.6%. At the bottom this year: New Jersey (62%), along with Guam and Puerto Rico. Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts

State Comparisons: Health Insurance Coverage of Nonelderly 0-64, by state (2014)

Have you ever wondered where the 32 million people under age 65 and without health insurance are located, after the Exchange went into effect? Kaiser Family Foundation shows the number uninsured by state. Ten states make up 59% (over 19 million) of the US uninsured under 65: Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania New Jersey and Ohio. KFF statehealthfacts.org updated 2015

State Comparisons: Percent of Smokers who Tried to Quit Smoking, 2013

Kaiser Family Foundation at StateHealthFacts.org - Map showing state by state percent of smokers who attempted to Quit Smoking. Overall 60% tried to quit, US-wide according to the most recent (2013) data. What is happening in your state?

State Health Departments - healthfinder®

List at healthfinder.gov - Links to all state health departments, compiled by the US Department of Health and Human Services

States with Adverse Event reporting systems

Identifies 27 states and Wash. DC that require adverse event reporting. Prepared by the National Academy for State Health Policy, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice. Pub. Dec. 2007

Surgeon Scorecard - Knees, Hips, Gallbladder, Spinal Fusion, Prostate Surgery, Medicare 2015

Compare individual surgeons' complication rates (risk-adjusted) for Medicare patients having one of 8 types of inpatient surgery: hip or knee replacement, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, cervical (neck) or lumbar spinal fusion (either posterior or anterior technique), and prostate resection or removal. Analysis by ProPublica looked at billing records from 2009 to 2013. Numbers of cases shown are MEDICARE-ONLY (although the column title omits that point), and require at least 20 cases for a doctor's rate to be shown. Physician's rate combines his/her Medicare cases at all hospitals. Website was somewhat controversial in 2015. Tool is easy to use; data have not been updated

Top Performers - Why Not the Best Hospitals (IPRO)

Side-by-side comparison tool of 4500 US hospitals called Why Not the Best? Using current data from the CMS Hospital Compare website, this tool helps people compare overall and composite performance on heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention, and patient satisfaction, and identifies the top 1% of hospitals. Easy to use, but geared to health care professionals to improve hospital performance.Created by the Commonwealth Fund, transferred to IPRO in Jan. 2015

Transplant WaitList and Survival Rates (SRTR)  Editor's Pick

Waiting list times, numbers of people waiting for a transplant: Kidney, pancreas, liver, intestine, heart, lung transplants. Survival statistics by type of transplant, and three-year survival rates by hospital Transplant Center are provided by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, which is affiliated with The University of Michigan and funded by HRSA. ustransplant.org Updated 2010

Trauma Programs: Verified Trauma Centers (ACS)

Level I, II and III Trauma Centers are listed here, by state (and Landstuhl Germany), at the American College of Surgeons' website. Trauma Center designation is a voluntary process that hospitals may choose to pursue for Adult and/or Pediatric care. Level I is the highest level. For remote areas, a Level IV designation can be sought; unclear why Level IV hospitals are not listed (approx. 29); Sept. 2009

Truven 100 Top Hospitals - 2016 National Winners

List names top 100 hospitals in categories according to size and teaching status using Medicare data primarily from 2013 and 2014, other publicly reported patient satisfaction scores and results such as mortality rates, readmissions, ER times and spending at HospitalCompare. While no data are shown for individual hospital performance, Truven makes a case that as a group these hospitals outperform their peers in quality and efficiency (lower expenses). Free report shows winners' names only; some winners received the Everest Award for also improving at the fastest rate. Methodology examines survival, complications and readmissions, standards for stroke care & blood clot prevention; patient recommendations; efficiency and profitability. Released Feb 2016

Truven 100 Top Hospitals - Everest Improvement Leaders (17)

Truven (formerly Thomson Reuters) has identified 17 Everest Award hospitals who are top 100 performers, and also have made the greatest progress in improving hospital-wide quality performance and efficiency over a recent five year period (dates not shown).

Truven 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals - 2016

Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) 2016 selection of 50 hospitals with significant heart care programs listed in categories: teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residencies, teaching hospitals without such residencies, and community hospitals. List only, organized by state; study primarily used Medicare data from 2013-2014. Released November 2015

UCompareHealthCare.com (all states)

Compare hospitals on quality measures, readmission rates, patient safety, infection prevention, mortality rates. Unfortunately data time periods are not fully disclosed at the site, even in the methodology section in About Us. Data could be very old, and you wouldn't know it. Privately held company

USNews.com America's Best Hospitals 2017-18: Honor Roll (20)

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins (Baltimore) top the list of 20 US hospitals identified (from 4658 nationwide), who rank favorably in multiple specialties. Check the details to see specifics for a certain illness, since one hospital may not be ranked (by US News) as best in everything. Methodology report shows how the hospitals scored. Survival rate (30-day mortality rate) for Medicare patients and Patient Safety are two factors used in the rankings for most of the specialties. Reputation used for Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation and Rheumatology. 2017-2018 ratings use Medicare data from 2013-2015

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2017: Cancer Rankings

US News & World Report named MD Anderson (Houston, TX) and Memorial Sloan-Kettering (New York) as its 2017 leaders of the top 50 hospitals for cancer care in the US. Scoring includes survival (30-day mortality), professional reputation, designation from the National Cancer Institute and other factors

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2017: Cardiology and heart surgery

Top of the Cardiac specialty list: Cleveland Clinic (Ohio) and Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN). Top 50 hospitals ranked. See if there is one in your state. Rankings include survival ratings using Medicare data from 2013 to 2015. Hospitals ranked higher if they participated in public transparency reporting by the medical professional societies. Minimum volume of 1382 cases over 3 years, of which 500 needed to be surgical

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2017: Pediatric & Children's Hospitals

US News & World Report's top pediatric hospitals listed for cancer, diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology (digestive disorders) & GI surgery, cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology (kidney), neonatology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology (respiratory problems), and urology. Honor roll of 10 hospitals is led by Boston Children's and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. List called Best Children's Hospitals updated June 2017

usnews.com: Best Medicare Advantage Health Insurance Plans 2018 Rankings

Sixty six (66) Medicare Advantage health insurance plans are shown by state if they have achieved 4.5 of 5 stars by Medicare. Advantage plans combine Part A and Part B

usnews.com: Best Medicare Part D (Drug) Health Plans 2018 Rankings

Just 13 plans earned 4.5 or 5 stars from Medicare for Part D (drug) coverage. Twelve are some form of Blue Cross plan, except for WPS Health Insurance in Wisconsin

VA (veterans) Hospitals - Quality Scores 2010

Detailed scorecard for all of the Veterans Health Administration hospitals using 2009 data. Ratings for heart care, diabetes, pneumonia, surgery and other infections, quality of care, patient satisfaction, accreditation and patient safety. Report is not real user friendly at 200+ pages, but if you really want to compare VA hospitals, the information is there. October 2010

VA Hospital, Medical Facility Quality and Satisfaction Reports

The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) makes its VA Medical Center reports available online. Titles include Combined Assessment Program or Community Based Outpatient Clinic Reviews; Audits; or Healthcare Inspections. Listed by date; use filters on right to select location. Topics include quality ratings and patient safety, consumer satisfaction & experience of care, nursing home contracts, screening and/or treatment times, volumes and more. Updated 2017

VA Medical Facilities Locator & Directory - Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a convenient search tool to find medical facilities such as hospitals and clinics. Facilities in the US, Philippine Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico

Walmart's $4 and $10 Generic Drugs (Some will cost more) - Self-Reported

Wal-Mart has implemented a limited-scope program for about 150 generic drugs (361 drug/dose combinations) offered at a $4 price for a 30-day supply in most states. Most drugs may also be purchased at $10 for a 90-day supply. Available in all states except North Dakota. However: Due to FAIR PRICING laws in CA, HI, MN, MT, PA, TN, WI, about 65 drugs will carry higher prices, or may not be available. Prices apply to Sam's Club pharmacies also

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