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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 2014-2015 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

Hospital Compare - hospitalcompare.hhs.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, and preventing surgery infections and other complications in 2014-2015. Includes death rate comparisons from heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, and readmission rates. Click on Timely & Effective Care, or Complications. Shows patient satisfaction HCAHPS ratings. Editor's Pick because the government standardized its ratings for all hospitals, and most ratings are based on more than just Medicare patients. Small volume hospitals will not show data for some measures. Be sure to click on Show Graphs. New Overall Star Ratings in 2016 are controversial

NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings and Report Card 2016  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. 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 2016

Nursing Home Compare (all states) www.medicare.gov 2015  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 for 2015. 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

Hospital Ratings at HealthGrades (all states) 2016  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 2016 ratings are from Medicare patients, from 2012 to 2014. Click on Detail to see 3-year patient volume, and actual mortality or complication rates compared to predicted

Surgeon Scorecard - Knees, Hips, Gallbladder, Spinal Fusion, Prostate Surgery, Medicare 2015  Editor's Pick

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 will likely be controversial. Tool is easy to use

California - 2015-16 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, United Healthcare. Clear, simple star system used for overall rating. In addition, get more details about member satisfaction, complaint rates, asthma, cancer screening, child/adolescent health, diabetes, heart care, maternity care, mental health, back pain, immunization, and smoking cessation. 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), using 2014 data

Florida Health Insurance Plans - Quality Ratings & Satisfaction  Editor's Pick

Member Satisfaction and quality ratings for cancer screening, diabetes, asthma, well child care for HMOs, Medicare HMOs and Medicaid. Aetna, Amerigroup, Av-Med, BeHealthy, Blue Cross Blue Shield (Health Options), Capital, CarePlus, Cigna, Coventry, Florida Health Care, Freedom Health, Health First, HealthSpring, HealthSun, Humana, Magellan, Medica, Molina, Neighborhood, Optimum, Positive, Preferred Medical, Prestige, Simply, Staywell, Sunshine, Ultimate, United Healthcare, WellCare. Data collected in 2014. Search by county. Easy to read

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

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine - Online Physician Profiles  Editor's Pick

Massachusetts provides consolidated access to information about the education, training, board certification status, malpractice, discipline and criminal records (if any) of all licensed physicians. Both MD and DO (osteopathic doctors). Mass.gov site is easy to use

New York State Hospital Quality Ratings - nyhealth.gov

Select NY hospitals to compare in care areas like cardiac, or patient satisfaction, readmissions, death rates or infection prevention. Data updated each year, although dates are hard to find (hover over the hospital's score). The search by service feature shows burn care, maternity, kidney and other organ transplants. State Department of Health site. Able to search by county or region such as Long Island. Currently showing 2014-2015 data

Pennsylvania Hospital Performance Report 2014 | PHC4 (Dec. 2015)  Editor's Pick

Compare PA hospitals on Mortality Rating (relative survival rate), Average Charge (price), and Readmission rates. Seventeen (17) conditions in the pdf reports include congestive heart failure, abnormal heartbeat, heart attack, angioplasty and stent, pneumonia, stroke, laparoscopic & open gallbladder removal, COPD, colorectal surgical procedures, diabetes, kidney failure, urinary tract infections, septicemia, chest pain, and fainting. Grouped by region. Older reports may contain additional conditions. Symbols for Mortality ratings can be confusing - a higher mortality rating means worse survival (we think). No orthopedic (hip or knee) surgery included. Data from calendar year 2014

Texas - Compare Texas HMOs 2015 Consumer Ratings (OPIC)

Texas consumer ratings of their health insurance plans & care. Compare HMO plans for Central Texas, East Texas, Gulf Coast, North TX, Panhandle/Plains area, South Texas, West Texas regions. Satisfaction ratings, complaints and market share shown for Humana, Aetna Health, Alllegian, Scott and White Health Plan, Community First, HMO Blue Texas, FirstCare, CIGNA, United Healthcare. Shows complaint rates (2009-2011). Both provider and patient complaints are recorded, with providers complaining much more frequently than patients. Report by Texas OPIC (Office of Public Insurance Counsel)

Vermont - 2015 Hospital Report Cards (Act 53)

Vermont calls these ratings Act 53 report cards, in honor of legislation passed in 2003, requiring VT hospitals to publish annual community reports about hospital quality, safety, financial health, costs for services and more. This government site links the data, including outpatient prices. Health conditions include heart care, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention, central line associated bloodstream infection rates, hysterectomy infections, knee replacement and hip replacement infection rates, volume and death rates for resection of esophagus or of pancreas (usually for cancer), pediatric heart surgery, abdominal aneurysm repair (AAA), & more. This site permits access to Quality Ratings, Survival Rate information, links to patient satisfaction and current medical prices all on the same web page for easy access. Nurse staffing also available. 2014 data for quality; 2013 information on prices

Wisconsin PricePoint - Outpatient & Ambulatory Surgery Cost

Compare outpatient and ambulatory surgery charges for colonoscopy (under Diagnostic), cataracts, ear surgery, cardiac catheterization, shoulder or knee surgery, carpal tunnel release (see Nerve), tonsil, appendix, breast biopsy, endoscopy, gallbladder, sterilization and more. Prices for tonsillectomy, laparoscopic appendectomy and ear tubes for kids are filed under C for Child. Shows one hospital or surgical center at a time, plus typical price in county and average 2011-2012 surgery prices in Wisconsin, excluding surgeon and other doctors' fees which may double the numbers you see here

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