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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

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

Calculate Your Risk for Cancer, Diabetes, Heart or Lung Disease, Osteoporosis and Stroke  Editor's Pick

Your Disease Risk shows five disease-specific tools to help you identify your personal risk of 12 different types of cancer, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, emphysema, heart disease, osteoporosis and stroke. Tips for preventing the diseases are personalized to your risk factors. Originally developed by the Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention, now offered by Washington University in St. Louis

Five Most Costly Medical Conditions, 2012 (2015 pdf)

Cancer, arthritis, trauma-related disorders, mental disorders, and heart conditions were identified as the top 5 most costly illnesses for adults ages 18 to 64 in 2012. For seniors, COPD and asthma replaced mental disorders. Medical expenditures (payments) according to MEPS data (household component) show average costs (ages 18-64) were $8125 for a cancer patient, $4852 for an adult with heart disease, $2603 per trauma patient, $1727 for mental health care, and $1909 for someone with arthritis. Average out of pocket payments by consumers not shown. AHRQ Statistical Brief 471, April 2015

Glossary - Heart Rhythm Disorders

Glossary of terms related to heart rhythm disorders. Includes Atrial fibrillation (A Fib), Ejection fraction, Electrophysiology (EP) test, ACE inhibitors, Beta-blockers, Bradycardia, Tachycardia, Dyspnea, ICDs, pacemakers and more. From the Heart Rhythm Society, a group representing physicians and scientists in the field of cardiac arrhythmia. Directory of cardiology subspecialists called electrophysiologists also found under Find a Specialist

Heart Attack, Stroke & Cardiac Arrest Warning Signs (American Heart Association)

Dial 911 fast. Minutes matter. Learn about the 3-hour window for stroke patients needing tPA, and consumer responsibilities to seek prompt care if they want the best outcomes

Heart Disease in Women (MedlinePlus)

What women need to know about heart disease; angioplasty, stent, pacemaker, cardiac arrhythmia, diagnostic tests such as calcium scan, cardiac cath, EKG, cardiac MRI; cardiac rehab. Download the free Healthy Heart Handbook (127 pages) - which lets you know that One in 4 women in the United States dies of heart disease, while 1 in 30 dies of breast cancer (2007 publication)

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

See also Consumer Health Ratings - Ratings, Report Cards and Credentials - Compare Quality  Editor's Pick

See our main page for public reporting of quality ratings and comparisons for individual hospitals, nursing homes, health insurance plans, and other health care services. Check your physician's credentials and doctor's license in this category

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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 Chest Pain Centers - American College of Cardiology

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, including A Fib and cardiac cath. Shows location of each hospital. Provided by the nonprofit American College of Cardiology (ACC)

Ambulatory Surgery Average Charges in U.S. Hospitals, 2007

Find average prices for about 80 outpatient ambulatory surgery procedures done in hospitals in 2007 (excluding surgeon's or other physician fees.) Average colonoscopy & biopsy price then 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 2018 costs; possibly add 35-40% for a rough estimate. Overall average was $6100, compared to nearly $40,000 for inpatient surgery. AHRQ Statistical Brief #86 published February 2010 unfortunately still has not been updated. No longer Editor's Pick

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

Best Cardiovascular Hospital Lists - How Good are They?

Research published in Journal of the American College of Surgeons (Jan. 2010) studied US News and HealthGrades' best hospitals lists and compared mortality (survival rates) for patients having heart bypass, valve repair or abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair surgery. They found hospital volume may be as good a predictor of hospital quality as the best hospital lists for cardiac care

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

California - 2016-17 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 5 PPOs: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, 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 2015 data (reported in 2016)

California - Average Costs for Inpatient Surgery, 2014

Compare charges (price) among Calif. hospitals for 37 common elective inpatient surgeries such as assisted childbirth delivery, c-section, gastric bypass, gall bladder removal (open or laparoscopy), inpatient hernia repair, hysterectomy, mastectomy, hip or knee replacement, disc removal, prostatectomy TURP, TULIP, heart valve replacement, PTCA angioplasty, heart bypass CABG, endarterectomy, thyroidectomy, bladder tumor removal, repair stress incontinence and kidney removal. Shows number of surgeries and average length of stay. All hospitals except Kaiser and Shriners; website by CA state Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, (OSHPD.ca.gov). Easy to use, 2014 prices

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 Heart Bypass Surgery - Hospital Ratings

Compare hospital survival rates for cardiac bypass - coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG) done in 2013-2014. Nearly all hospitals performed as expected. Four Calif. hospitals shown to be significantly worse than state average for survival rates or Post-op stroke. Updated 2017 by Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)

California Hospital Quality: Survival Rates and Mortality Ratings 2015 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

Find risk-adjusted mortality (death) rates for each CA hospital, and the number of inpatient cases in 2015. Calif. statewide mortality rate for hip fracture was 2.0%, pneumonia 3.3%, PCI (angioplasty) 3.4%, heart attack (AMI) 5.9%, heart failure 2.9%, stroke 8.7%, GI hemorrhage (bleed) 2.3%, craniotomy 7.1%, esophageal resection 4.3%, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair 1.3%, pancreatic resection 2.6%, and carotid endarterectomy was 0.5%. Report by Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (oshpd) shows whether hospitals were similar to state average, or significantly better or significantly worse survival rates; pub. May 2017

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

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

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 Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2014

Compare CO health plans on consumer member satisfaction (CAHPS) and clinical scores (HEDIS) for Heart, Diabetes, Blood pressure, BMI-Obesity care, Cholesterol, Cancer screening, prenatal care, immunizations, mental health. HMO and PPO Plans: Aetna, Anthem HMO, Cigna, HMO Colorado HealthOP, Kaiser Permanente, Rocky Mountain HMO and PPO, and UnitedHealthcare PPO. Click on Health Plan Edition of the Quality Reports. Published by Colo. Business Group on Health (CBGH) 2014 report uses 2013 data.

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

Colorado Hospital Quality Ratings, Report Card

Click on Hospital Quality Report at the Report Card Website by the Colorado Hospital Association. See hospital-specific data on mortality (survival rates) and volume. Mortality Measures show survival rate information for heart care (heart failure, heart attack AMI), pneumonia, stroke, hip fracture, or bleeding stomach (GI). Compare CO hospitals on Patient Safety bedsores (pressure sores/ decubitus ulcer), post-surgical blood clots (DVT, PE), sepsis (bloodstream infections) and falls. Volumes and infections for six procedures (hysterectomy, breast surgery, colon surgery, cardiac bypass CABG, hip or knee replacement). 2016 data, all patients. Nurse staffing information also provided

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

Consumer Guide to Prevention - UPSTF Recommendations  Editor's Pick

Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for 94 Screening tests, Preventive Medication, and Counseling activities. Individual Consumer Guides for all different types of cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, speech and language disorders, hearing loss, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, abdominal aortic aneurysm, sexually transmitted disease, osteoporosis, and much more. Counseling for alcohol misuse, diet and physical activity. Updated 2018. the USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine

Cost of an Office Visit, 2013 (MEPS)

Average cost paid (payments) for an office-based physician visit in 2013 was $228. For primary care (family medicine, internists and general practice) the average was$166. Pediatrics came in at $161; psychiatry at $143,Derm at $221, OB/GYN was $227 per visit. Specialists in Ophthalmology were $253, but Orthopedics and Cardiology jumped to $302 and 303 respectively. Other specialists (as a group) averaged $310. Median or typical expenses were considerably lower at $108 overall, and $103 for primary care, $100 for psychiatry and ranging up to $124 median for dermatology. Mean out of pocket expense for primary care was $42 for primary care, if the patient had some responsibility. Statistical Brief #484, pub. Nov. 2015 by AHRQ using MEPS data

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

Florida Outpatient Surgery Prices & Visit Volume (2017 data)  Editor's Pick

Compare hospitals and ambulatory surgery volumes and range of charges (average cost is not shown) for common adult and pediatric outpatient surgery procedures, by hospital or surgical center name. Includes arthroscopy, cataracts, laser eye procedures, cardiac catheterization, pacemaker, upper GI & lower GI endoscopy, colonoscopy, hernia repair, hysteroscopy, tonsil removal, lithotripsy, skin biopsy, bunion removal, pediatric circumcision and more. You might be surprised to find outpatient hernia repair prices averaged $10,366 to $25,071, but individual hospitals ranged from $942 to $74,000 (ages 18 to 64, Level 1). Level 2 statewide range was $15,000 to $37,000; individual hospitals were as high as $71,000. Links to inspection reports. FloridaHealthFinder.gov 2016-2017 data

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

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

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

Iowa Hospital Inpatient Charges Compare

Iowa Hospital Charges Compare provides information about volumes and average 2016-2017 charges (amount billed) and median charge at IA hospitals. Select one hospital to begin. Site allows 4 hospitals to be compared at one time for prices (if you select all cities to begin), length of stay, number of cases and more. Must select city first, then body system before finding the procedure. Provided by the Iowa Hospital Association, this is a starting point for comparing average cost of care between Iowa hospitals. Compare typical prices for surgery such as gall bladder removal, bowel surgery, knee joint replacement; childbirth and newborns, pneumonia, stroke, heart care, transplants, COPD,rehab, and many medical conditions. Severity of illness can be specified. Limited focus to one service and category at a time.

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

Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care - Certified Hospitals

List of Primary Stroke Centers, Stroke Rehab, and other disease-specific care certified organizations in the US. Most are hospitals. Other certified programs include orthopedic joint replacement (hip, knee), COPD (most listed under A for Advanced COPD), sickle cell services, burn center, bariatric surgery, high-risk OB; bone marrow, heart, liver transplants; cancer (including breast, lung, pancreatic, prostate); diabetes; AAA, Alzheimer's, sleep program, wound care, spine treatment program, migraines, Parkinsons disease, ESRD, palliative care, epilepsy, congestive heart failure, heart failure, AMI, pneumonia and more. Long list, may be hard to use because health condition certifications are listed under multiple titles such as "Advanced"

Leapfrog - Minimum Volume Recommendations (Evidence-based Hospital Referral pdf)  Editor's Pick

The Leapfrog Group has Evidence-Based Hospital Referral Safety Standards that include recommended volumes for certain procedures. They include minimum annual hospital volumes as follows: 120 aortic valve replacement, and at least 50 babies in neonatal intensive care (NICU). Other procedures under evaluation include heart bypass (CABG), Percutaneous coronary intervention procedures (PCI angioplasty), abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (AAA), pancreatic resections, esophagectomy. Read about the specifics, then go to the Hospital Quality Ratings category, and check the Leapfrog data for information on your local hospitals. Updated 2017

Level 1 Heart Attack Outcomes: Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern (self-reported)

See this report on Level One heart attack mortality (30-day survival rates); more outcomes and volume for cardiovascular patients at Allina Health Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Mpls, MN may be available under Outcomes & Presentations. Data through December 2015 most recent available as of February 2018

Louisiana Hospital Ratings and Prices - LA Hospital Inform

Find range of charges for Medicare patients at Louisiana hospitals, both inpatient and outpatient. Hospital-specific inpatient charges do not include childbirth or C-section, since it's Medicare only. Find hip or knee surgery prices, gall bladder removal, psychiatric admission, rehab, heart problems, stent, stomach problems, stroke, GI hemorrhage, kidney failure, COPD, pneumonia, diabetes, bowel surgery, more; outpatient Medicare prices include ER visits, heart tests such as cardiac cath, EKG, heart imaging, valve repair; CAT scan or CT angiography, GI endoscopy, more. Quality scores and volumes (which cover all patients), are similar to those at HospitalCompare, but may be less current (2015). Louisiana Hospital Inform is sponsored by the Louisiana Hospital Association; Price ranges from 2015 (outpatient and inpatient)

Maryland HMO & Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016

Compare Aetna, CareFirst BlueChoice, CFMI & GHMSI; Cigna, Coventry, Kaiser Permanente, KPIC, MAMSI, MD-IPA, Optimum Choice and United Healthcare on member satisfaction (CAHPS), getting appointments, and HEDIS measures such as immunizations, children's health, cancer screening, flu shots, heart and diabetes care, ADHD & mental health behavioral care, and more. Check both Consumer Ratings & Clinical Ratings. 2016 Performance Report by Maryland Health Care Commission uses 2015 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

Mass. - Heart Bypass Surgery (CABG) Hospital Ratings, 2016

Cardiac Surgery report on Adult Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG or heart bypass) compares MA hospital surgery number of cases and risk-adjusted mortality rates in FY 2014 (Oct. 1 2013-Sept. 30, 2014). Unadjusted mortality rate was 1.57%. See Key Findings on page 13; hospitals are shown on page 39 (figure 7.3). No hospital was an outlier. Mass-DAC report is technical and does not use consumer-friendly language; 94 pg, November 2016. Mass-DAC contract ends Dec. 31, 2017

Mass. - Hospital Ratings for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), 2016

Compare Massachusetts hospitals on survival for patients with PCI, although there is little significant difference. Figures are meant to be read by physicians, professionals and statisticians, rather than consumers. Still, MA consumers can learn something about expected survival rates (crude mortality for PCI (no shock, no STEMI admissions, Figure 7.3) was 0.40%; mortality for shock or STEMI adm. was 5.04% (Figure 7.7). PCI is a non-surgical alternative to CABG (bypass), and often involves a balloon catheter or stent. Mass-DAC report on PCI prepared November 2016 uses 2013-2014 data; 90 pages. Mass-DAC contract ends December 2017

Medspeak - What did my doctor say? (MLA)

The Medical Library Association describes Medspeak as the special language of health professionals. This site explains and defines common healthcare terms, so you can better understand your doctors and staff

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

Minnesota - Hospital Price Check (Inpatient & Outpatient)

Hospital-specific prices (charges) for all inpatient hospitalizations (described in medical terms) and top 25 same-day surgery procedures in MN. Find average and median inpatient cost (before discounts) and volume for newborns and child birth delivery, pneumonia, chest pain, COPD, hip or knee replacement, appendectomy, cellulitis, hysterectomy, rehab, other surgeries & many more. Outpatient prices for biopsies, cataracts, colonoscopy, ear tubes, gallbladder, hernia repair, arthroscopy, tonsillectomy, upper GI endoscopy, hysteroscopy, carpal tunnel and other same-day surgery. Compare 3 hospitals, one procedure at a time; excludes doctor charges; by Minnesota Hospital Association, 2016 prices

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

Compare side-by-side (3 at a time) over 500 participating medical groups, hundreds of clinic locations and urgent care centers in Minnesota, Fargo, Grand Forks, Sioux Falls, and some WI communities for diabetes, vascular care, and mental health (depression). Some clinics also have patient satisfaction scores. Medical groups include Allina, Altru, Apple Valley, Aspen, Avera, Brainerd, Children's Physician Network, Dakota Clinic, Edina, Fairview, Fergus, Grand Itasca, Gundersen, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Lakewood, Mankato, Mayo Clinic, MeritCare, Innovis, North Memorial, Northstar, Olmsted, Osceola, Park Nicollet, Regina, Ridgeview, Sanford, St. Cloud CentraCare, St. Luke's, St. Mary's Duluth Clinic (Essentia), Stillwater, United, University of Minnesota, Winona Clinic, and more; OB-GYN clinics, Urgent care such as Express, MinuteClinic, Priority Pediatrics. Separate Disparities report shows additional clinic ratings for Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care patients for cancer screening, controlling high blood pressure, heart (coronary artery) disease, asthma, immunization, appropriate care for children with colds and sore throats and more. Report by MN Community Measurement (founded by the MN Medical Association and seven non-profit health insurance plans). Uses 2014 data. Interactive easy-to-use format

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

Missouri Typical Inpatient and ER Charges and Hospital-Specific Volumes

Click on Find a Hospital, then Pricing Data to find Median charges for common inpatient medical conditions and surgeries at Missouri hospitals. Range of charges, average length of stay, and number of cases per year shown. Childbirth, maternity, mental health, hip and knee surgery, heart care, etc. Must know the general body system (such as musculoskeletal) in order to search inpatient prices. Emergency department prices are separately shown by level. 2016 prices

Montana Hospital Inpatient Charges - Compare Prices

Montana PricePoint shows median and average charges at MT hospitals for inpatient stays (2016 prices), including newborns, deliveries, Cesarean section, knee or hip replacement, rehab, psychiatric hospitalization, back problems, heart failure, stent, chest pain, bowel surgery, more. Length of stay also shown. An admission for Psychoses averaged 6.3 days with a median charge of $10,400 and average $13,838 in 2016. Joint replacement was $39,052 average, 5.1 day stay. PricePoint site by MHA-An Association of Montana Health Care Providers

Montana Hospital Outpatient Surgery and Test Costs

Compare MT hospital charges for ambulatory surgery and diagnostic tests such as colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, breast biopsy, cardiac stress tests, cardiac catheterization. All prices EXCLUDE surgeon fees and other physician costs. PricePoint system shows facility prices in the past, for common surgical procedures such as tonsillectomy, cataracts, ear tubes, knee cartilage, bunions (median $5483, $2000 more for big toe), child's appendix removal, carpal tunnel, skin lesions, upper GI endoscopy; x ray, CT, MRI and other radiology imaging prices listed; 2015 costs

Nebraska Hospital PricePoint System (Inpatient Charges)

Find average price and typical charges for most types of inpatient hospital stays in NE. Example of hospitalizations: maternity prices, angioplasty, heart surgery, some cancer services, hip & knee surgery, bowel surgery, kidney and other transplants, pneumonia, stroke, UTI, gall bladder surgery (inpatient only). If you can't find it, check the comprehensive list (e.g. MDC 19 for mental health). Bipolar admission cost about $15,000 on average in 2016. Includes volume, average length of stay in the hospital, and median age of patient. Does not include physician costs. Shows one hospital/ one disease or condition at a time; 2016 data. All cities including Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Creighton, Norfolk, Kearney. NHA Care Compare is sponsored by the Nebraska Hospital Association

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.

Nevada PricePoint (Hospital Inpatient Charges)

Find average price and typical charges for 67 types of inpatient hospitalizations in NV. Examples: childbirth prices, COPD, heart surgery, pacemaker, stents, hip & knee surgery, digestive problems, psychiatric hospitalization, rehab. Average length of stay in the hospital also given. Choose Comprehensive Query for prices on many other conditions not on the Basic list. Get one hospital/one disease or condition at a time, then select other hospitals to compare; 2014 charges shown. Must inflate and add physician fees to estimate 2018 average costs. Sponsored by the Nevada Hospital Association

New Jersey 2015 HMO Performance Report - Compare plans

Compare six health insurance companies (HMO/POS and PPO/EPO) from Aetna, AmeriHealth, CIGNA, Horizon, Oxford and United, on quality ratings related to asthma, COPD, cancer screening, heart care, hypertension, diabetes, new moms, immunizations, mental health; frequency of imaging tests for lower back pain, cardiac cath and tonsillectomies; more. Easy to read; fast response. Pub. by NJ Dept. of Banking and Insurance, March 2016

New Jersey Cardiac Surgery Hospital and Surgeon Ratings, 2013 (pdf)

Heart bypass surgery survival rate information by hospital and by physician; 30-day mortality rate for cardiac bypass surgery (CABG) was 1.57% in 2013 (9.27% if you got an infection). Individual surgeon risk-adjusted performance over 2 years, and general information about NJ hospital infections in CABG surgery also shown. Published by NJ Dept. of Health November 2016

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 - Cardiac Surgery (Pediatric) 2010-2013 (pdf)

Compare survival rates among 10 NY hospitals during a 4-year period. Includes mortality rate info at each hospital. Columbia Presbyterian-NYP was noted as best performer (lowest risk adjusted mortality). Montefiore-Moses was the worst performer. Other hospitals performed as expected for Pediatric Congenital Cardiac Surgery. 20-page report released September 2016

New York - Cardiac Surgery Ratings (Hospitals and surgeons, statewide) (pdf)  Editor's Pick

Compare heart survival rates in this cardiac surgery performance report by NY state Department of Health. In-hospital/30 day Mortality rates for cardiac surgery shown by hospital name and physician name for adult heart bypass (CABG) and aortic or mitral valve surgery patients. Risk-adjusted mortality data, observed rates versus expected death rates, 2012 to 2014. Isolated CABG observed mortality was 1.22% in 2014. Overall valve surgery mortality averaged 3.18% (2012-2014). Report May 2017

New York Angioplasty/Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) Ratings (pdf)  Editor's Pick

Compare NY hospital and physician-specific ratings for PCI, also known as PTCA (angioplasty) or coronary stenting. Hospital survival rates (risk-adjusted mortality rate - RAMR) show which hospitals are significantly better or worse than the state average. In-hospital/30 day observed rate was 0.74% (non-emergency cases 2014) and 2.94% (emergency cases 2012-2014). Consumers can also find volume and survival information by cardiologist's name (2012-2014), which New York has been reporting for years. NY State Department of Health report is 78 pages; pub. May 2017

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

New York: Heart Disease Reports (various)

Additional cardiovascular reports by the Dept of Health can be accessed here

North Carolina Hospital Ratings and Patient Satisfaction

Compare NC hospital performance (grouped by region) for patient recommendations (HCAHPS), Heart Attack, Heart Failure, CABG, Pneumonia, COPD Stroke, Hip/Knee readmissions. ON HCAHPS, see satisfaction for Patients Understood Care. 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 NC Quality Center and North Carolina Healthcare Association. Data are current to 2016 or 2017

Ohio Hospital Prices - Inpatient, Top 60 Outpatient average charge

Selected prices are provided by each hospital through the Ohio Health Department. Click on the name of the hospital, then the tab for either inpatient (top 60 services) or outpatient (top 60). No year is shown, so the numbers could be old. Hospital charges shown for labor and delivery (obstetrics) and other high volume admissions. Outpatient procedures are listed with ICD9 codes and may include some ambulatory surgeries. Imaging and lab tests are not included. Price list varies by hospital. Caution: Physician professional fees may not be included

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 - compare hospital costs (2015)

OHA - Oregon Health Authority posts average hospital charges paid in 2015. Select inpatient Payment Report to compare hospitals on costs for appendectomy, chemotherapy, coronary bypass, dialysis, inpatient gallbladder surgery or hernia repair, hip replacement, hysterectomy, angioplasty and more. Select Pregnancy report to find maternity costs (about $7700 for normal delivery, $13,279 for uncomplicated c-section and $2200 for newborns). When estimating, add in medical inflation. Pub. July 2017

Oregon Hospital Guide to Costs

Compare up to 3 hospitals at a time on 2015 costs paid by commercial insurance companies or patient-paid amounts. Median amounts shown for 100 most common outpatient procedures and 50 most common inpatient procedures. Medicare and Medicaid are excluded. Includes maternity & newborn payments, heart care, stents, cardiac cath, hip and knee replacement, many surgery payments such as cataracts, hernia, hysterectomy, kidney removal, gall bladder, breast biopsy, carpal tunnel, mastectomy, tonsillectomy, endoscopy, shoulder surgery, appendectomy. Amounts paid for CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, x-ray and ultrasound; chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Site by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) to meet state requirements. Consumers can try to get an idea of 2018 prices by calling the hospital

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

Parents magazine 2013 List: 10 Best Children's Hospitals

Parents.com magazine March 2013 list of top 10 best children's hospitals puts The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and those at Boston and Cincinnati at the top of the list. Other top 10 include Milwaukee, Aurora Colorado, Pittsburgh UPMC, Texas (Houston), University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Columbus OH, and Lurie Children's (Chicago). Top 5 pediatric hospitals by specialty are ranked for pediatric cancer care (led by Children's of Philadelphia), emergency services, cardiac heart care, Preemie Care, orthopedic and pulmonary care. In addition, 15 runners-up are named. Methodology is vague about dates of its hospital survey, but reportedly relies on hospital self-reports of volume, survival rates, safety practices and more

Patients' Online Physician Ratings and Quality of Care: CABG

This article, by Okike, Peter-Gibb et al, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, Dec. 13, 2016, concludes: no correlation between patients' online rating and risk-adjusted mortality rates. Median number of reviews per doctor was only 4. Study based on 590 surgeons performing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery in 5 large states. See the abstract at this link, through PubMed

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 Cardiac Surgery, by hospital & surgeon 2012 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

Compare hospitals or cardiac surgeons (by name) side-by-side for Cardiac (heart) Bypass surgery (CABG) and heart valve cases for 18 months 2011-2012. Risk-adjusted Mortality (survival) rate and readmissions, open heart surgery volume, length of stay in hospital, and average charges (closest consumers will get to average cost). Survival rate for CABG without valve continues to improve (1.5% in 2012). In 2011, Medicare paid an average of $48,000 for a valve procedure, compared to 2012 avg charges of about $198,000. Report by PHC4, the PA Health Care Cost Containment Council, Nov. 2013

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

Prevention Makes Common "Cents"

Detailed report by US Department of Health and Human Services (September 2003) addressing the cost of disease and illness. Specific sections are included on Overweight and Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease, Asthma, and Tobacco Use. Metabolic Syndrome also discussed

Prevention Priorities

Rankings of preventive services. Partnership for Prevention, a nonpartisan organization of business, nonprofit and government leaders working to make evidence based disease prevention and health promotion a national priority

Rhode Island - Top Ratings for Health Insurance Plans (NCQA)

Tufts had two plans that earned the top 5.0 rating from NCQA. Based on Quality, Member Satisfaction and accreditation results. Published Sept. 2016

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 Charges for Inpatient Hospital Stays - 2014

Find out and compare SD hospitals on 2014 average charges, or median (typical) price. After you select the hospital, you can see the average charge in all of South Dakota (e.g. avg $4368 for normal newborn, or $3265 median. Vaginal delivery for mom was $8891 average, and $8373 median.) All common hospitalizations shown, such as births and maternity delivery, knee replacement, heart failure, pneumonia, bowel procedures, COPD, angioplasty, kidney transplants (median $205,601), inpatient laparoscopic gallbladder removal (avg $40,071, but $44k to $46k avg. in Sioux Falls) and much more. Also shows length of stay. PricePoint site sponsored by SDAHO (hospital association)

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 Quality Comparison Ratings

The Tennessee Hospital Association and BlueCross BlueShield of TN have teamed up to compare hospital quality on mortality (survival rates), readmissions, volume and length of stay data. Interactive site for gall bladder surgery (laparoscopic & open cholecystectomy), cardiac valves, CABG, defibrillators, heart failure, diabetes, stomach and GI problems, COPD, pacemakers, brain surgery, back surgery, and vascular procedures. Uses 2013-2014 data

Texas - Guide to Texas HMO Quality 2016 (OPIC)

Lengthy (252 pages) but valuable report showing detailed clinical quality comparisons between HMO health insurance plans for indicators such as asthma, childhood immunizations, cancer screening, heart care, high blood pressure, diabetes care, prenatal care, mental health care, flu shots, ER visit rates, rates of physician board certification, and more. Pub. by TX Office of Public Insurance Council Nov. 2016

Texas - Inpatient Care Ratings in Texas Hospitals, 2014

Nineteen (19) separate quality ratings include patients of any payer type. Compare hospital volumes, mortality (survival rates), and certain utilization rates (i.e. cesarean section, VBAC rate, laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gall bladder), cardiac cath, appendectomy in elderly). Survival rates for heart attack (AMI), heart failure CHF, stroke, GI hemorrhage, hip fracture, and pneumonia. Volume and/or death rates provided for heart bypass surgery (CABG), angioplasty (PCI), AAA Repair, hip replacement, craniotomy, esophageal resection, pancreatic resection, and carotid endarterectomy. TX Dept. of State Health Services THCIC. If your hospital has a * by it, its mortality rate is significantly lower (good), but if it has two ** by it, its risk-adjusted mortality was found to be significantly higher; must look VERY closely to find the asterisks. Updated 2017

Texas Heart Bypass (CABG) Survival Rates 2014

Eight Texas hospitals had significantly lower risk-adjusted mortality rates (better survival rates) than the state’s 3.81% death rate for cardiac bypass (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, or CABG) surgery. Eighteen (18) hospitals had significantly higher (worse survival) rates – up to 22% risk-adjusted mortality. Scroll to CABG at this State of Texas site, to find the 2014 report. Volumes and average 2014 CABG charges ($207,734 in TX) are also shown in a separate report in the same section Indicators of Inpatient Care in Texas Hospitals Present on Admission (POA)

Texas Hospital Angioplasty (PCI) Survival Rates, 2014 (pdf)

Scroll to Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). Twelve (12) TX hospitals had significantly lower risk-adjusted mortality rates (better survival rates) for PCI (Angioplasty) than the state's 2.65% death rate in 2014. Nineteen (19) hospitals had significantly higher (worse survival) rates; those programs ranged in volume from 45 cases to 417. Average charge per case in TX was $110,475. Better hospitals sometimes cost less. Report by the State of Texas Health Care Information Collection (THCIC)

Texas Pediatric Heart Surgery: Survival Rates 2014

Of the eight Texas children's hospitals listed, one hospital (Texas Childrens at Houston) had both the highest volume for pediatric heart surgery, and the lowest risk adjusted mortality rate. Average for the state was 3.35% risk- adjusted mortality rate, but Texas Childrens was at 1.67%. On the other hand, Cook Childrens showed significantly higher mortality (worse survival) at 6.56%. Hospitals typically report mortality rate rather than survival rates. Volumes (number of cases) are also shown for each hospital. Scroll to Pediatric Heart Surgery. State of Texas Health Care Information Collection, 2014

Texas PricePoint - Compare Hospital Inpatient Charges (Prices)

If you are looking for average cost of hospital care or surgery, the 2015-2016 prices at this site by the Texas Hospital Association might be the closest you can find. Information for one hospital at a time (no side-by-side comparisons) for maternity, childbirth, newborn, c-section; hip or knee replacement (look up Joint), fracture repair; hysterectomy, pneumonia, COPD, bronchitis, asthma; heart failure, chest pain, cardiac cath, bypass, stent, heart transplant; mental health, psychiatric hospitalization, depression; alcohol rehab; bowel surgery; back problems including spinal fusion and more. Volumes at each hospital are shown. Uses abbreviated medical terms instead of lay language. Does not include surgeon or other physician fees

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

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

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

Utah CheckPoint - Heart and Pneumonia Care Quality Ratings, 2017

Compare Utah hospital inpatient quality and ratings for heart attack, congestive heart failure and pneumonia care, 2013-2016 data. These measures are not as extensive, but are similar to what is available through CMS' HospitalCompare website, and the Joint Commission (TJC). May be easier to use this site, due to the side-by-side hospital comparisons. Some measures are Medicare-only, and some use all patients (all payer data). Shows readmissions Utah Hospital Association

Utah Inpatient Hospital Charges, 2014 - Utah PricePoint

Utah provides average charges (price) statewide, and on a hospital-specific basis for many common inpatient stays, such as pneumonia, stroke, appendectomy, hip and knee procedures, gall bladder surgery, hysterectomy, heart failure, heart attack, chest pain, coronary bypass, heart valve procedures, vaginal and cesarean deliveries, newborn births, chemotherapy, psychoses, alcohol or drug abuse, rehabilitation, back and neck procedures, digestive disorders, abdominal surgery, nutritional/metabolic problems, transplants and much more. To find psych admission costs, for example, you will need to click on LOOKUP. Volumes (2014 data) and length of stay are included; does not include average cost for physicians. Consumers may adjust for 2018 costs by adding 4-year price inflation. As with other PricePoint Systems, view one UT hospital at a time. Utah Hospital Assn

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 - 2017 Outpatient Diagnostic Test Prices  Editor's Pick

Compare 2017 hospital prices for lab work, x-ray & imaging tests. MRI charges averaged $2691 [pelvis angiography] to $4651 [cervical spine multiple sequences] with physician fee. CT scan of head, neck, face, chest, spine, pelvis, abdomen (overall CT average $1907 to $2808); digital screening mammograms average $611 with physician charge. Specific test prices for urinalysis, glucose, Metabolic Panel ($113 average), lipid panel ($99), PSA (average $148, range 55 to 289), CBC (range $28 to $120), strep test group A (range from $39 to $166), Pap test (average 120 to 151), pregnancy test (range $21 to $98), blood typing, OB ultrasound (average $851), x-rays, Cardiology EKG or echocardiogram, PT evaluation ($458 to 481 average) and more. CPT codes listed. Probably the best State site for hospital outpatient diagnostic test cost comparison. Prices good through Sept. 2017, so add inflation to update. Tables 3B through 3I

Vermont - Hospital Outpatient Surgery Prices, 2013 (pdf)

Table 2A lets you compare average gross charge (the closest you will get to average cost) for most common outpatient surgical procedures at 14 general hospitals in VT. Prices for procedures such as carpal tunnel ($4241), cataract surgery (average $5720), endoscopy ($2671), bladder endoscopy $1419, knee cartilage surgery ($6609 average), shoulder surgery (18,580), gall bladder removal (average $11,631, range $8404 to $25,707 for laparoscopy), breast biopsy (avg. $4038), other biopsies, ear tubes (average $3044), tonsillectomy (about $5900), nerve block ($1717), bunion removal (range $6276 to $17,348), nonsurgical skin treatments (avg $2356), hernia repair $9191, and many more procedures; 12-month avg. charges ending Sept. 30, 2013, DO NOT include the surgeon or other physician fees. As with all of Vermont's reports, the font size is about as small as you can get. More than two years old. Table 2B shows how many of those procedures the hospital did

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

Virginia - Compare HMOs (Quality and Satisfaction)  Editor's Pick

Easy to use tool to compare insurance plan ratings: Aetna, CareFirst BlueChoice, Coventry, HealthKeepers (Peninsula & Priority), Innovation Health Plan, Kaiser Mid-Atlantic, Optima, Optimum Choice, United Healthcare MidAtlantic and River Valley. Choose measures for access, asthma, ADHD, heart, diabetes, arthritis, immunizations, medications, mental health, preventive care, spirometry for COPD, prenatal, maternity and newborn care; weight assessment, well child visits and childhood illnesses, member satisfaction for 2015 and more. Also includes Board certification rates for some types of physicians, number of enrollees, and financial data

Virginia Health Information - Hospital Cardiac Care  Editor's Pick

Cardiac Care Comparisons, mortality (deaths) and readmissions for 2015. Provides side by side hospital comparisons for volume, whether the hospital performed better or worse than expected for patient survival ratings. Cardiac cases are grouped by type: Medical cardiology including heart attack, heart failure, Invasive cardiology. including cardiac cath, pacemaker, angioplasty PCI, and Open Heart surgery, valves and CABG (heart bypass). Sort by Mortality rating to see top performers on the top of the list. This report shows 3 hearts are better than one. Click on the hospital name to see full reports where efficiency, financial results, charity care, and patient satisfaction levels are shown. Updated Feb. 2017

WA Hospital Ratings - Angioplasty and Heart Bypass 2013

Compare over 30 hospitals in Washington on PCI - percutaneous coronary interventions (reopening clogged arteries), cardiac bypass - Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG), or Valve surgery. Click on the blue buttons. Read the symbols carefully to find the few who performed exceptionally well in 2013, and those who were significantly lower performers. Shows volume and how hospitals did on the patient survival measures (mortality). Site by COAP - Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program, from the non-profit Foundation for Healthcare Quality, 2013

Washington (state) Hospital Inpatient Prices

Find out the typical charges (2016 prices) to estimate the average cost of hospital surgery or medical problems. About 60 types, including maternity care, psychiatric hospitalization and digestive problems, are covered. Shows one hospital at a time similar to other state pricepoint systems. Presented by the WA State Hospital Association (WSHA)

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 - Ambulatory Surgery Facility Charges, 2014

Average 2014 charges in WI for 20 common ambulatory surgery procedures, such as Colonoscopy (6 codes), Endoscopy, Biopsy, Spinal Injection, Cataract & Lens ($7455 hospital average), outpatient Knee surgery/arthroscopy ($12,191), Carpal Tunnel ($6279), Ear Tubes, and more. Volumes for each hospital and surgical center are shown for top 20 only. Go to Chapter VI, Table 28 for a longer list of procedures including gall bladder removal (cholecystectomy). Prices do NOT include surgeon and physician fees, which may cost thousands of dollars and could double prices shown. Consumers should add inflation to estimate 2016 facility prices. Scroll to bottom of page for Chapters VI and VII Ambulatory Surgery, published by WHA Information Center 2015

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 Collaborative (WCHQ) - Physician Group Ratings  Editor's Pick

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

Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality - Hospital Inpatient Ratings

Compare 19 WI hospitals on cardiac performance ratings. Five measures related to cardiac bypass CABG infections, complications, deaths; quickness in opening up arteries in a heart attack; and in-hospital mortality for cardiac cath patients. Data are for 2016. WCHQ report

Wisconsin Hospital Survival Ratings for Surgical Procedures  Editor's Pick

Compare 86 WI hospitals (side-by-side) on their survival rates for AAA Repair, Craniotomy, CABG heart (cardiac) bypass, PTCA angioplasty, CEA endarterectomy, and hip replacement surgery. Wisconsin Hospital Association report Deaths During a Procedure shows most hospitals performed As Expected, with a few significantly Worse, or Better than the others. Source data from 2014 reported as of December 2017

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

Wisconsin PricePoint - Outpatient & Ambulatory Surgery Cost

Compare outpatient and ambulatory surgery volume and charges for colonoscopy, cataracts, eardrum surgery, shoulder or knee surgery, carpal tunnel surgery, removal of tonsils & adenoids, appendectomy, breast biopsy, endoscopy, gallbladder (cholecystectomy), upper GI, heart catheterization and more. Compare hospitals and surgical centers. Typical (median) price in county and statewide Wisconsin median prices shown for 2016-2017. Prices exclude surgeon and other doctors' fees which may double the numbers you see here

Wyoming Hospital PricePoint - compare hospital costs

Compare inpatient charges in Wyoming for 60 common types of hospital admissions, like childbirth, hip or knee joint replacement, surgery, heart valves or stents, pneumonia, psychiatric admission, rehab, and many more. Average cost in WY is also shown. Site shows one hospital at a time, and uses clinical names instead of layperson language for the illnesses. WyoPricePoint by the Wyoming Hospital Association, shows 2013-2014 prices

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