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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

CDC List of Diseases and Organisms in Healthcare Settings

CDC gives a short description of organisms such as c.diff, klebsiella, MRSA, norovirus, staphylococcus aureus, VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci), TB, and others found in healthcare settings.

Hand Hygiene Video (one minute)

Take one minute to view the online youtube video for hand hygiene technique and guidelines to help prevent infections. CDC epidemiologist presents the basics - really fast.

Hospital Infection Prevention Ratings - State-level

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 SafePatientProject.org and tracks state laws on infection reporting. Time periods and reports vary.

Hospital Program of Distinction to Prevent Infections

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology has launched a new national recognition program for acute care hospitals who meet standards in preventing infections. Vanderbilt has been recognized. (APIC) is the leading professional association for infection preventionists

Infection Prevention Basics (APIC)

Learn how patients and families can break the chain of infection in healthcare settings in this site managed by the Association For Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Formerly PreventInfection.org

National Healthcare Infections from CDC (2016 NHSN Report)

CDC manages the system that tracks healthcare-associated infections. Over 2400 hospitals and others participate in this voluntary reporting system. Only aggregate and academic reports are available to the public at the current time. Look to the far right of the screen to find this report. Report shows progress on device-related infection rates for central lines (CLABSI), urinary catheter-associated UTI, ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), NICU infections; 2014 data; pub. March 2016

NQF Standards for Reporting Healthcare-Associated Infections

National Quality Forum report, National Voluntary Consensus Standards for the Reporting of Healthcare-associated Infection (HAI) Data, identifies principles, measures and public reporting standards for catheter-associated bloodstream infections (BSIs) or urinary tract infections (UTIs); surgical site infections (SSIs), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), pediatric HAIs, and clinician-level perioperative care. Written for professionals. The non-profit NQF report is 84 pages; pub. March 2008

NY Times: Getting Doctors to Wash Their Hands

In short: Consumers must read this. It's important for all patients and their families. Important too for the provider hold-outs who might think hand hygiene is about them, instead of about patient protection. Article by Ahahad O'Connor in New York Times, Sept. 1, 2011; see also the links inside the article

See Also Consumer Health Ratings - Average Costs & Prices - Compare Hospital Charges  Editor's Pick

See our main category on Costs to see how specific hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers or clinics COMPARE on average prices or charges for many surgeries, hospitalizations, procedures and outpatient tests. The LEARN MORE listings show general average costs in your region if available

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20 Most Expensive Conditions Requiring Hospital Stay, 2011 (pdf)

Septicemia, osteoarthritis, complication of device, implant or graft, childbirth, heart attack (AMI), back problems, pneumonia, congestive heart failure (CHF), coronary atherosclerosis and respiratory failure were the top 10 of a list of 20 health conditions that cost the nation the most in hospital charges in 2011 - to nearly half (47%) of the total national hospital bill. Most expensive condition billed to the uninsured was heart attack (AMI). 12-page Statistical Brief #160 by AHRQ uses 2011 HCUP data; pub. Aug. 2013

Alabama Hospital Infections, 2015

Report on healthcare associated infections in AL hospitals for 2015. Grouped by type of infection (catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI), surgical site infection (SSI) associated with colon surgery, and SSI associated with abdominal hysterectomy. Hospital-specific data shown for Birmingham and 6 other regions, along with whether the hospital is better, similar or worse than national average. By Alabama Dept. of Public Health; 50 pages

Arkansas Hospital Volumes, Prices, Quality Ratings - by name of hospital

Find average charges (a proxy for average costs) for 40 common hospitalizations at specific AR hospitals by Clicking on INPATIENT PRICING after you've selected your hospital. Price List varies by hospital, but may include maternity and childbirth, stroke, chest pain, stomach disorders, back pain, nutritional problems (diabetes), blood infection (septicemia), rehabilitation, heart attack, cardiac cath, drug coated stent, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, urinary infection, COPD, pneumonia, total hip or knee replacement surgery, hysterectomy, psychiatric care, ventilator support and more. Note: Definitions conflict for whether data such as Volumes are Medicare-only, or reflect all patients. To find quality scores on emergency department, heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, COPD, stroke, delivery or surgical infections, and patient opinions, click on QUALITY at each hospital's page. Hospital Consumer Assist is provided by the Arkansas Hospital Association. Prices from 2014; Quality and Patient Satisfaction scores reflect 2015 ratings

Average Cost of Common Hospital Stays, 2009 (HCUP)

Learn about the average cost per stay for the 20 conditions with the highest total inpatient costs in 2009. Includes newborn baby ($2800), septicemia ($18,500), osteoarthritis ($14,800), coronary atherosclerosis ($16,100), acute myocardial infarction (heart attack, $18,200), congestive heart failure ($10,400), pneumonia ($9000), stroke ($13,400), COPD ($7400, physical rehab ($11,800), diabetes with complications ($8700), hip fracture ($14,300), heart valve disorders ($36,700) and more. Average for all diagnoses was $9200. These numbers are estimated costs, NOT prices. From Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, AHRQ Oct. 2011. No updates available

California - Average Inpatient and Outpatient Hospital Prices, 2014

Find prices for CA hospitals including Kaiser and Shriners. Inpatient prices are listed in the complicated Charge Master, which shows the charge for every pill, lab test and hospital room rate. MRI and CT tests should be included. More useful are the outpatient files (look for Common25 in the filename), which list the average cost (charge) for top 25 types of outpatient procedures or surgery with CPT code). Hospital Outpatient reports may show prices for Emergency Dept. visit, lab tests, CT, MRI, Mammo, x-ray, ultrasound, PT visit, Arthroscopy, colonoscopy, hernia repair, gall bladder removal, etc., depending on their highest volume. Files are in Excel file format. Prices are from June 2014. Consumers can see one hospital at a time

California: CalHospitalCompare.org - Hospital Quality Ratings & Patient Satisfaction  Editor's Pick

CA hospital quality ratings for heart care, hip and knee, gall bladder, surgery volume, pneumonia, COPD, stroke, preventing surgical infections & complications, maternity care, emergency department and patient opinion ratings; some mortality/survival rates. Dates of data are unclear, but may be back to 2012 or 2015. Compare hospitals side by side to find Superior Hospitals. Hospitals may be the best in one area but not in another. When viewing hospital report, click on View All, or you'll miss most of the information. Cal Hospital Compare is supported by Truven Health Analytics

Colorado 2016 Hospital Charges and Insurance Payments

Find average 2016 cost across CO for more than 50 types of hospitalizations. Click on View Reimbursement by Diagnosis or Insurance Provider to see average total charge, and what the insurance company reimbursement is. While the patient's responsibility is not shown, we appreciate the transparency between prices and amounts paid. Example: Major joint replacement without complications priced at $77,000 had an average insurance payment of $27,520. Uncomplicated delivery was priced over $15,000, with insurance companies paying $7377. Similar for newborns - $5000 average price, insurance paid $2500. Consumers are also able to see actual hospital prices (Click View Hospital Charges, then select procedure). Example: Average price for major joint replacement at hospitals that performed at least 100 procedures, ranged from $38,386 in Montrose, to $134,232 at Presbyterian St Lukes in Denver; midrange price across hospitals was about $71,000. Published by the State Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Insurance, and Colorado Hospital Association

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

Delaware Hospital Infections - 2017

Eight Delaware hospitals report numbers of six types of infections every quarter. Actual infections are compared to predicted. See the Annual Report (2015 is latest available) to view whether a hospital is better or worse than average. AI duPont Hospital for Children and Christiana Care Christiana Hospital were significantly better than national average for CLABSI; Christiana, Milford and Wilmington Hospitals were worse for Colon Surgery infections. Beebe worse for C.Diff; Christiana and Nanticoke worse for MRSA. Quarterly updates for 2017 are at the site. Staff influenza vaccination rates also shown; two hospitals did not meet 90% goal. DE Health & Social Services DHSS, 2017

EU Hospitals 2016: General Information about Europe's Healthcare

Arne Bjornberg and Johan Hjertqvist, President of Health Consumer Powerhouse (Brussels) identifies the Netherlands again as the winner in its 2016 Euro Health Consumer Index. Switzerland and Norway took 2nd and 3rd respectively, among 35 European countries. Six categories: Patient rights, accessibility, outcomes, range of services, prevention and pharmaceuticals. Published January 2017

Florida Inpatient Hospital Ratings, Price Range, Satisfaction, Readmissions

Search condition, readmission rates, infections, volume, length of stay and range of charges (price range), 2016-2017 data. All age groups (not just Medicare), extensive set of health conditions/diseases, and the ability to rank order by top hospitals at the head of the list. Patient satisfaction results also shown. Definitions at this site are not always easy to find. Click on the hospital name to additional information about the hospital. Hysterectomy listed under Women's Health instead of Surgery. FloridaHealthFinder.gov

HealthInsight: National Rankings for Hospitals (all states)

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 Oregon, 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. Dates are a little unclear

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 2016 to 2017. 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 2016 volume and patient satisfaction HCAHPS ratings from 2016-2017. Some info on colonoscopies and cataracts. 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. Today's stars may reflect older data than shown at the website. Read the fine print

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 2015 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). 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 2017, using 2015 data

Influenza Vaccination for Healthcare Personnel (pdf)

The Joint Commission 100-page monograph outlines rationale and strategies for immunizing health care personnel (HCPs) against influenza - both seasonal flu and pandemic flu. Strategies from research and best practices from others are shared in order to improve vaccination rates (currently estimated around 42% nationally), thereby protecting both patients and staff, and reducing the spread of influenza. Pub 2009

Iowa Hospital Quality, Safety and Satisfaction Ratings

Compare Iowa hospitals on heart care, pneumonia, readmissions, patient safety (including deaths of patients who were unlikely to die during hospitalization); stroke; surgical care, complications and deaths; maternity; infection prevention and more. Patient satisfaction ratings also shown. Interactive report only. Extremely slow to operate, since you can't compare hospitals side-by-side, nor get a full hospital report at once. Select the Iowa Report Table of Contents to find which measures show hospital names. 2018 Iowa Report by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (based in Des Moines, IA) uses 2015-2016 data

Maryland Hospital Prices, 2017

Compare volume and average charges (prices) at each MD hospital (by name) and statewide for 25 most common inpatient diagnoses (severity adjusted using APR-DRGs) - including newborns (avg. $2068), childbirth vaginal delivery ($7576), c-section (avg. $9646), heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, pneumonia, COPD, septicemia, cellulitis ($8578), knee joint replacement (avg. $22,046), major depression ($10,362), bipolar admissions ($9537 state avg), schizophrenia ($13,047) stroke, urinary tract infections ($8457) and rehabilitation ($25,161). Data from 2017. State average not included for things like cancer, hysterectomy, digestive problems, but may be available for individual hospitals. Each hospital reports its top 100 types of cases. By MD Health Care Commission MHCC 2018

Maryland Hospital Quality Ratings (MHCC)

Overall consumer satisfaction, and Quality Data on common groups of illnesses or conditions for which people are hospitalized in Maryland. Topics include infections, heart conditions, pneumonia, COPD, hip and knee surgery, imaging, stroke, maternity and newborn care, and more. Click on details to see raw scores, since symbols can be confusing. MD Hospital Guide shows 2015-2016 data, pub. by MD Health Care Commission

Massachusetts Hospital Ratings - Infection Rates

Find employee influenza vaccination rates, and Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) in Massachusetts Hospitals (2016). Excel file shows each hospital by name, although is not user-friendly to the general public. Published by Mass. Health and Human Services, Sept. 2017

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

Michigan Hospital Ratings: VerifyMIcare.org

Redesigned website from Michigan Hospital Association's Keystone Center allows consumers to compare care at MI hospitals. Compare 3 hospitals at a time on how well they rate on infections, overall mortality (survival rates), readmissions, some obstetrics care, complications from surgery, and length of stay for hip or knee replacement surgery, stroke, heart failure or pneumonia. Includes critical access hospitals in rural areas and metro hospitals in the Detroit, Ann Arbor and Lansing areas. Data from 2016-2017. Updated web site launched Jan. 2018

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. Not yet updated for 2016

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

Nevada Hospital Ratings and Patient Satisfaction Scores

Nevada Hospital Association shows NV hospital performance ratings on Emergency care, Heart care, pneumonia, stroke, COPD, hip and knee, infections, plus patient opinion ratings. Shows 2015 data (or later). Some measures may be the same as at CMS HospitalCompare website, but dates may vary. Scores also for adverse events, surgical complications, mortality, readmissions. Consumers may view 3 hospitals side-by-side. Volume levels for certain procedures are given, but mislabeled to read that lower volume is better.

New Jersey Hospital Quality Assessment - heart, pneumonia, infections

Compare NJ hospitals on Emergency care, Heart Attacks, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Infection Prevention for surgery, cardiac bypass grafts, surgical infections; central line (CLABSI) and catheter (CAUTI) infections prepared by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services. Mortality ratings for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, stroke, and CABG are shown, but are quite old (2012-2013). Patient Safety Indicators use 2014 data or older. NJ Dept. of Health

New York Hospital Infection Rates - 2015 (statewide)

NY State Department of Health reports Hospital-Acquired Infections for colon surgery, cardiac bypass, hip replacement, abdominal hysterectomy (grouped into one Surgical Site Infection score); central line infections and c.diff. Consumer report is just 29 pages. Data for 2015 are risk-adjusted and compared to state average. Summary of each hospital's performance quickly identifies whether hospital reflects typical performance. Red and blue bars on the graphs show the far worse-than-average and far better-than average hospitals. Very easy to read. Published March 2017

Ohio Hospitals - Top 60 Inpatient Hospital Prices (OHA)

As required by the Ohio Department of Health, the average and typical prices for the top 60 most common hospitalizations are listed by Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) for all payer cases. Reports published by the Ohio Hospital Association show volume, average charge and length of stay. No side-by-side comparisons. Surgery procedures and hospitalizations (such as joint replacement, delivery, hysterectomy [DRG 358], psychiatric admission, COPD, etc.) are listed in the order of volume for each hospital, requiring consumers to search for the condition they want, and check each individual hospital's report. Dates for data are not easily found at Ohio Hospital Compare

Oregon Hospital Infection Ratings, 2016

Compare OR hospitals on healthcare-acquired infection rates in 2016 for central line infections (CLABSI), surgical site infections for cardiac bypass (CABG), colon, abdominal hysterectomy, hip prosthesis, knee (replacement) prosthesis, and laminectomy. Individual hospital reports (volumes and infections) are shown in the table if you are able to navigate this complex presentation. Must know name of hospital. Report by Health and Human Services (oregon.gov), pub. 2017

Pennsylvania - Hospital Quality Ratings & Patient Opinions (PHCQA)

Compare PA hospitals side-by-side for heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, cancer care, stroke, surgical infection prevention, Emergency Room, patient satisfaction (Consumer Assessment) and more. Similar info at the CMS HospitalCompare (dates may vary), but this may be easier to use and more than 3 hospitals can be compared at once; 2014-2015 data. Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance (PHCQA) now merged with the Health Care Improvement Foundation, includes the PA Hospital Association (HAP), the Blue Cross Plans, the PA Medical Society and others

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

Pennsylvania: Healthcare-Associated Infections, 2010 (PHC4)

Study of Pennsylvania hospitals shows hospital-acquired infections are dangerous (may contribute to lower survival rates: 9.1% mortality for those with such infections, vs. 1.7% for those without), and costly. Detailed mortality rates shown. Length of stay approached 22 days for those with healthcare-associated infections, compared to 5 days without. About 21,000 infections were reported in 2010, on nearly 1.9 million patients. Nearly half of infections were either surgical site or urinary tract infections. Individual Hospitals are not shown. Medicare payment shown. Report by Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, an independent state agency, February 2012

Safety Topics for Patients and Staff: A to Z (Premier)  Editor's Pick

Premier's Safety Institute provides resource information on topics such as guidelines for infection prevention, influenza, hand hygiene, alarm safety, back injury prevention, opioids, sharps injury prevention and other critical safety topics

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 one type of infection at a time. Provided by state Department of Health (DHEC)

South Dakota Hospital Quality Ratings and Patient Opinions - free

Compare quality of SD hospitals on heart attack, heart failure care, pneumonia, infections and complications in surgery patients, patient satisfaction recommendations, children's asthma (limited data); MRI, Mammogram, CT and other imaging scans; ER care, stroke, hip and knee ratings, some pregnancy & delivery scores. Readmission and survival ratings are also shown for heart and pneumonia. Site by SDAHO (hospital association) generally shows 2012-2013 data. Same data as reported to CMS HospitalCompare (time periods may differ), but here all hospitals are side-by-side. State average, national avg and best 10% scores are shown. Easy to use, can sort to get best scoring hospitals on top

Tennessee Hospital Infection Ratings (pdf)  Editor's Pick

Tennessee Reports on Healthcare Associated Infections to compare TN hospitals in how well they avoided healthcare associated infections in 2014. Each hospital identified as to whether the same, or significantly better (lower) or worse (higher, shown in red) infection rates. Central Line-Associated blood stream infections (CLABSI), Catheter associated urinary tract infections, surgical site infections for colon surgery or hysterectomy, C.Diff and MRSA infections all shown. Published by Tenn Dept of Health, Oct. 2015

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

Vermont - Inpatient Hospital Average Prices, 2013 (pdf)

Report shows average prices (charges) for each VT hospital's most frequent inpatient admissions - includes newborn delivery, cesarean section, pneumonia, total hip or knee replacement, depression, psychoses such as schizophrenia, COPD & emphysema, heart failure, chest pain, rehabilitation, stomach problems, appendectomy, hysterectomy, bowel, TURP and other surgery; stent, heart cath, heart rhythm problems, back problems, kidney or urinary tract infection, and other hospital stays. All common hospital admissions except newborns were more than $7500. Knee replacement about $40,000. Compare costs on 55 different types of cases, listed by MS-DRG. Links to hospital discount policies for consumers with cost concerns; 2012-2013 average charges

Washington Hospital Infection Rates, 2014

Compare infection rates among Washington's hospitals, for central line infections, surgical site infections (hysterectomy, colon, hip, knee, cardiac surgery) and ventilator-associated pneumonia. Reports by the WA State Dept. of Health. We like the map option. 2014 data

Washington Hospital Quality Ratings and Satisfaction Levels

Compare WA hospital scores for Emergency Care (average 24 minutes before patients see a doctor or nurse), Surgical Infections (cardiac surgery, orthopedics, hysterectomy) Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Stroke, Surgery (including hip and knee), and patient opinions. Mortality (survival) data for heart care and pneumonia. Consumers can find some of this information, and probably more current at the federal HospitalCompare site. Here all hospitals are side-by-side and may be easier to see, but data are older. Most data are up to 2015 or 2016 only. VIEW DATA GRID is an excellent way to see scores quickly. Be sure to Expand Grid when you see that option. Washington State Hospital Association

Wisconsin CheckPoint - Hospital Ratings and Patient Opinions  Editor's Pick

Compare hospital quality performance and patient satisfaction ratings for 125 hospitals in WI. Topics: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention and survvival for hip, knee surgery, heart, vascular, other cardiac, colon surgery and hysterectomy; patient safety practices, incidental appendectomy rate; deaths data. See how many patients would definitely recommend the hospital. Most data are from 2015-2016. Wisconsin Hospital Association makes quarterly updates. Even though the clinical topic list is sketchy (such as Bones and Digestive), WHA receives Editor's Pick for going beyond CMS measures, for showing all hospitals side-by-side, consumer ease in getting a free comprehensive quality report for one hospital, staying current, and showing comparisons to the benchmark best in the state

Wisconsin Hospitals PricePoint (Average Inpatient Prices)

Average charge and length of stay for common hospitalizations including maternity and newborn births, hip or knee replacement surgery, gallbladder removal, heart surgery, angioplasty, arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), valves, cardiac cath, pacemaker, pneumonia, bipolar and other mental health, stroke, back care, asthma, COPD, rehab; kidney, heart, lung or other transplant; hysterectomy, prostate surgery, bowel surgery & more. Also shows inpatient volumes. From WHA Information Center, part of the Wisconsin Hospital Association, using 2016-2017 data. Surgeon fees NOT included. Compare hospitals by city (anywhere in the state by adding cities). Wisc. Hospital Assn. created the PricePoint System now used in other states

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