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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

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 Leadership Awards to Prevent Infections May 2011

New national awards program recognized 37 hospitals that achieved excellence and notable, sustained improvements in preventing healthcare-associated infections, specifically infections in critical care, ventilator-associated pneumonia and central-line associated bloodstream infections. Sponsored by HHS and CCSC, the Critical Care Societies Collaborative, composed of American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society and Society of Critical Care Medicine

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

Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Hospital-Associated Infections  Editor's Pick

Links to free information about preventing 6 types of healthcare-associated infections in acute care hospitals: central-line bloodstream infections (CLABSI), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), surgical site infection (SSI), MRSA (staph) transmission and c. difficile (CDI). Written for clinicians, but first two pages for each infection article will help lay CEOs appreciate the severity of the problem. Pub. by SHEA Oct. 2008

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.

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 (2008)

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 (Sept 2011)

In short: Consumers gotta 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

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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

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 & assisted living centers, and other health care services. Click on View Accreditation Quality Report to see actual scores for acute care hospitals 2014-2015

Alabama Hospital Infections, 2013

Report on healthcare associated infections in AL hospitals for 2011. 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. 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 Average Inpatient Charges - Top 30 hospital stays (pdf)

Average charges (prices) per patient for the Top 30 hospitalizations (DRGs) in AR, such as newborn and maternity delivery, psychoses, rehabilitation, heart failure, pneumonia, COPD, digestive disorders, hip or knee replacement, chest pain, cardiac cath, diabetes, asthsma, stroke, hysterectomy (DRG 743), septicemia, Kidney failure, UTI, cellulitis and more. Overall, prices were $12,126 per case ($2737 per day) in 2007. For reference, a normal delivery for mother & baby cost $7873 (add $6466 for C-Section without complications); a 12.5-day rehabilitation stay cost $21,628; hip or knee replacement averaged $33,090 ($9166 per day); drug-eluting stent DRG 247 was $18,158 per day for $37,043 per case on average. Huge file; slow download. Summer 2009 report (page 22) by the Arkansas Hospital Association shows 2007 prices. Consumers may expect higher prices in 2009

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 heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia 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 2007; Quality and Patient Satisfaction scores are more current, using 2009 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: www.CalHospitalCompare.org - Hospital Quality Ratings & Patient Satisfaction  Editor's Pick

CA hospital quality ratings for heart attack, heart failure, heart bypass surgery (including mortality/ survival rate), pneumonia, ICU mortality rate, preventing surgical infections & complications, maternity care (e.g. breast-feeding and c-sections), and patient opinion ratings. Most data from 2008 to 2009, but some date to 2003. Compare 5 hospitals at once to find Superior Hospitals. Consumers may be surprised at the number of times they see a Poor performance rating. When viewing hospital report, click on View All, or you'll miss half the information. Web site by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) in partnership with UCSF and CHART

Colorado 2010 Hospital Charges & Length of Stay (pdf)

Find 2010 average charges (prices), a likely range of costs, number of patients and average length of stay by CO hospital name, for 35 common inpatient medical conditions and surgical procedures. Excludes doctors' fees and outpatient surgery. Shown by region, e.g. Denver area. At the end of each category (APR-DRG), statewide total averages are shown. You may read the pages free on online, but to be able to print any page, you may have to purchase the $250 report (338 pages). Published by the Colorado Hospital Association Aug. 2011

Colorado Hospital & Ambulatory Surgery Infection Rates 2011 (pdf)

CO Dept. of Public Health (CDPHE) reports 2009-2010 patient infections acquired in health facilities, including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis centers). Infection Rates are compared to national average, on surgical site infections for cardiac bypass, hip replacement, knee replacement surgery, inpatient & outpatient hernia repair, catheter associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in adult or neonatal ICU, critical care units & long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs), and dialysis treatment centers (DTCs). Hospital list starts on page 25 (of 127) in 2011 Annual Report, pub. Jan. 2011

Delaware Central Line Infections - ICU 2009 full year

Eight Delaware hospitals report number of Central Line Associated Bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in ICU and critical care units. AI duPont Hospital for Children and Christiana Care Christiana Hospital were significantly better than national average; Christiana Wilmington Hospital was worse (2009 data). Full report shows influenza vaccination rates among staff, which ranged from 62% to 94% in 2009-10 season. Quarterly updates for 2010 are at the site. DE Health & Social Services DPH, April 2011

EU Hospitals 2009: General Information about Europe's Healthcare

Johan Hjertqvist, President of Health Consumer Powerhouse (Brussels) identifies the Netherlands as the winner in its 2009 Euro Health Consumer Index. The scoring grid may be confusing; shows ratings for waiting time, electronic records and online appointments, infections and survival, services and more. Published Sept. 2009

Flesh-Eating Bacteria, Necrotizing Fasciitis: CDC Info

Learn about diseases that can be caused by invasive Group A Streptococcus bacteria, such as necrotizing fasciitis (est. mortality rate of 25%), and the link between flesh-eating bacteria and Strep throat. Learn why the CDC recommends people with Strep throat stay home for the first 24 hours they are on antibiotics. Updated 2008

Florida Inpatient Hospital Ratings, Average Charges, Survival Rates, Readmissions  Editor's Pick

Search feature, mortality (survival rates), complication rates, volume, and average charges (price range), 2011 data. (We couldn't find the readmission rates.) 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. Click on the hospital name to see actual risk-adjusted mortality rates for heart attack, stroke, heart failure (CHF), GI hemorrhage, hip fracture, hip replacement, pneumonia, AAA repair, heart bypass, craniotomy, surgery to remove the pancreas, or esophageal resection. Compare hospitals on infections, iatrogenic pneumothorax, and post-op sepsis. Hysterectomy listed under Women's Health instead of Surgery. FloridaHealthFinder.gov

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

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

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 2011  Editor's Pick

Compare Iowa hospitals on heart care, pneumonia, readmissions, patient safety (including deaths of patients who were unlikely to die during hospitalization in [low-mortality DRGs]); surgical care, including survival rates (mortality info) for hip replacement surgery; infection prevention and more. Patient satisfaction recommendations and ratings also shown. Interactive report only; must be familiar with drop-down menus. Use the Table of Contents to find which measures show hospital names, rather than state averages. 2011 Iowa Report by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (based in Des Moines, IA) uses 2009 and 2010 data

Maryland Hospital Pricing Guide, May 2011 (pdf)

Compare average charges (prices) at each MD hospital (by name) and volumes statewide for 15 most common inpatient diagnoses (severity adjusted using APR-DRGs) - including newborns (avg. $1831), childbirth vaginal delivery ($5859), c-section (avg. $8219), heart failure, chest pain, angina & atherosclerosis, cardiac arrhythmia, pneumonia, COPD ($8287), septicemia ($17,653), cellulitis ($6840), knee joint replacement (avg. $22,027), bipolar admissions ($8168 state avg.) urinary tract infections ($7052) and renal failure ($10,469). Data from 2009 - 2010. Not included: costs for cancer, stroke, hysterectomy, rehabilitation, digestive problems. By MD Health Care Commission MHCC May 2011

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 (2009 2011). The full report (166 pages) shows each hospital, but is unfortunately such a large file size (142 MB) that most consumers are unlikely to wait that long to download it. Excel file option helps a little. Published by Mass. Health and Human Services, Feb. 2012

Michigan - Compare Hospitals in SE Michigan  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 heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention and children's asthma. View how much Medicare usually paid for the care in 2010-2011. See 3-year mortality summary (2008-2011) of Medicare patients (survival rate) for heart attack, heart failure (including readmission rate) and pneumonia. IPhysician group results have also been added. ncludes Detroit, Ann Arbor, Pontiac and counties: Wayne, Washtenaw, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, and St. Clair. GDAHC was an early leader in quality transparency. Data from 2011 and 2012

Michigan Hospital Prices, Patient Opinion and Quality Ratings

Michigan Hospital Association's Keystone Center web site shows Medicare charges, and how much Medicare pays after they apply federal discounts (for an idea of average cost) and volumes for the top 50 most common inpatient and 50 outpatient services at nonprofit hospitals. Includes services like clinic visit (without the doctor's charge), ER visit, MRI, CT scan, ultrasound. Inpatient conditions like stroke, hip, knee or ankle surgery, GI problems, psych admission, heart problems also show average Medicare charges. Compare quality of Emergency transfers from critical access hospitals in rural areas. Patient Satisfaction (HCAHPS) and Quality ratings like those at CMS hospital compare are listed for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical infection prevention, except the dates may be older here and no side-by-side comparisons. Prices from 2010-2011, one hospital at a time

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

Minnesota Hospital Quality and Patient Satisfaction Ratings, 2013

Compare MN hospital ratings for heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, infection prevention for knee surgery and hysterectomy, and patient recommendations. Similar to performance ratings available at the federal CMS site, but consumers can compare all MN hospitals at once. Excludes mortality comparisons. A joint effort between the Minnesota Hospital Association and its QIO (Stratis Health), 2010-2011 clinical data; patient ratings to 2012

Missouri Healthcare-Associated Infections - Central Line, Surgery & Ventilators  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) uses 2011 data. Click on Infection Reporting Data

Nevada Hospital Ratings and Patient Satisfaction Scores

Nevada Hospital Association shows NV hospital performance ratings on Heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical infection prevention, plus patient opinion ratings. Shows 2010 data for same hospital performance measures as CMS HospitalCompare website (no composite scores). Newer scores have been added for sentinel events (e.g. mistakes in the hospital) - three pages worth of information. Consumers may view all hospitals in the state side-by-side

New Jersey 2011 Hospital Performance Report Card - heart, pneumonia, infections

Guide to compare NJ hospitals on Heart Attacks (including PCI angioplasty within 90 minutes), Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Infection Prevention for surgery, cardiac bypass grafts, hysterectomy; central line (CLABSI) and catheter (CAUTI) infections prepared by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services. More than half the individual hospitals were achieving scores in 2010 nearing 100% overall quality performance in 2010. Top 10% and 50% hospitals are shown. Details are available including mortality rates for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, stroke, and CABG. Patient Safety Indicators use 2009 data. Easy to read, but 82-pages long. Released March 2012

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

North Carolina Hospital Ratings and Patient Satisfaction

Compare NC hospital performance (grouped by region) for patient recommendations (HCAHPS), Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Infection Prevention. Similar information is at the federal HospitalCompare site, but here all hospitals are side-by-side and may be easier to see by region. Consumers can choose graphs, tables of scores, trends, overall ratings and detailed questions. Site by the North Carolina Hospital Association. Data are current to 2009 or 2010

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, 2010

Compare OR hospitals on healthcare-acquired infection rates for central line infections (CLABSI), surgical site infections for knee replacements and cardiac bypass (CABG), and surgical infection prevention measures (SCIP) for 2009-2010. Individual hospital reports start on PAGE 14; volumes also shown. Must know name of hospital, rather than city only. Report by Oregon Health Authority (oregon.gov), pub. December 2010

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: Hospital-acquired Infections, 2007 (PHC4)

Study of 165 Pennsylvania hospitals shows hospital-acquired infections are dangerous (may contribute to lower survival rates: 12.2% mortality for those with such infections, vs. 2.0% for those without) and costly. Nearly 28,000 hospital acquired infections were reported in 2007, on nearly 1.6 million patients. Almost half of infections were Urinary Tract Infections. Hospitals are shown with peer group hospitals based on size, service complexity and volume of surgery. Average charges shown, but PA hospitals were only paid 27% of charges in 2007. Readers advised to read the full introduction before viewing individual hospital results. Report by Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, an independent state agency, January 2009

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, back injury prevention, UDI & bar coding, bundling, fall prevention, sharps injury prevention, MRSA 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 Surgical Infections (cardiac surgery, orthopedics, hysterectomy) Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, childrens Asthma Care, and patient opinions. Mortality (survival) data for heart care and pneumonia. Consumers can find some of this information at the federal HospitalCompare site, but here all hospitals are side-by-side and may be easier to see. Most data are up to 2011; 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 in January 2010 update are from 2008-2009. 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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