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All Cancers (Adult & Pediatric) - PDQ Cancer Information Summaries

PDQ (Physician Data Query) is the National Cancer Institute's comprehensive cancer database. It contains peer-reviewed summaries on cancer treatment, screening, prevention, genetics, and supportive care, and complementary and alternative medicine; a registry of thousands of open cancer clinical trials; and directories of physicians, professionals who provide genetics services, and organizations that provide cancer care

American Cancer Society  Editor's Pick

Extensive website, easy to navigate. Has over 70 types of cancer profiled, including prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, colorectal, urinary bladder cancer, endometrial (uterine) cancer, pancreatic, liver cancer, leukemia, ovarian cancer, cancer of the esophagus, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, kidney cancer, brain cancer, thyroid cancer, melanoma (skin cancer). Statistics, including the probability of developing cancer over your lifetime (about 1 in 2 for men, and 1 in 3 for women)

Average Cost for Cancer Hospitalizations 2009

Report shows average cost for a cancer-related hospitalization in 2009. Average age was 64; aveage length of stay was 6.6 days; $16,400 average cost ($3300 per day); 5.8% died in hospital. Most frequent types of cancer admissions show prostate cancer cost $10,900 (2.4 days); breast cancer ($10,300; 2.5 days); Colon cancer $18,000, 8.3 days; Lung cancer $15,600 (7 days). Statistical Brief #125 from AHRQ uses HCUP data, Feb. 2012

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

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

Your Disease Risk shows five disease-specific tools to help you identify your personal risk of different types of cancer, diabetes, 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

Cancer Centers Designated by National Cancer Institute (NCI)  Editor's Pick

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of NIH, has designated 25 Cancer Centers, and 40 Comprehensive Centers (65 total). Search database by state, region or name. NCI-designated cancer centers are characterized by scientific excellence and are research-oriented. Not all states have one

Cancer Information - Call 1-800-4-Cancer (free info)

The National Cancer Institute offers this toll-free number to call 1-800-422-6237 to answer your questions about cancer, and help you quit smoking. Available Mon-Fri. 9 a.m.- 4:30. Can also get help online from a cancer information specialist. The service is confidential

Cancer Trends Progress Report - 2011-2012 Update  Editor's Pick

Prepared by the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, this report identifies what is happening in the progress against cancer. See the one-page Trends-at-a-Glance for summaries about prevention, early detection, treatment and survival rate improvement. Report published August 2012

Choosing a Support Group (American Cancer Society)

All different types of support groups and survivor networks for cancer (e.g. type of cancer, stage, peers, etc.) The American Cancer Society aims to help consumers with this disease.

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

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

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

Genetic Tests for Cancer: AHRQ Technology Assessment 2006 (pdf)

Detailed Horizon Scan looks at genetic tests available for cancer prevention, diagnosis or management - those currently available for clinical use, and those that were under development at the time of the January 2006 publication, 128 pages

Glossary - Cancer Terms

Large glossary of terms used with cancer patients, written in easy-to-understand descriptions. Terms include BRCA1, biopsy, laparoscopy, neutropenia (a common side effect of chemotherapy), p53 gene, marker, resection, for example. CancerHelp UK is the award-winning patient information website of Cancer Research UK, a leading charity based in London, England, dedicated to cancer research

How Good are Best Hospital Ratings for Cancer Surgery?

Study in Archives of Surgery (May 2011) evaluated whether "best hospitals," as defined by the US News & World Report or HealthGrades, have lower mortality rates than all other American hospitals for cancer surgery. Used Medicare 2005-2006 data. Abstract only.

Map - State and County Cancer Profiles

The National Cancer Institute and CDC have teamed up to provide interactive maps to see cancer death rates. User may specify certain age, sex, race parameters for any given type of cancer, and see the data by county

National Cancer Institute - www.cancer.gov  Editor's Pick

Extensive website, includes common cancer types such as Bladder, Breast, Colon and Rectal, Endometrial, Leukemia, Lung, Melanoma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Pancreatic, Prostate, Skin, Thyroid, and Uterine (Endometrial) Cancers. Also A to Z list of cancers. Current topics, clinical trials, cancer drugs

New Cancer Cases (2016) and deaths

One-page summary of nearly 1.7 million new cancer cases estimated for 2016 shows breast cancer in the lead. Number of deaths also shown. From cancer.org

SEER Cancer Statistical Fact Sheets  Editor's Pick

Fact sheets organized according to cancer site, such as brain, breast, colon, liver, lung, lymphoma, pancreas, prostate, skin, thyroid, etc. include statistics on mortality and survival rates for cancer. SEER stands for Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results, provided through the National Cancer Institute, part of NIH

Survival Rates for Cancer

Age-Adjusted SEER Incidence and U.S. Death Rates and 5-Year Relative Survival (Percent) By Primary Cancer Site, 2014 from cancer.gov. The quickest way to see cancer survival rates is to see Figure 1.11. Data reflect survival through 2013

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

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

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

Arizona Hospital Prices - Find average cost by hospital

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association provides a way for participating hospitals to share their charges (the closest substitute for average cost information). A few hospitals provide this information online. No dates are shown

Average Medicare Payments for Hospital Outpatient Services

Average 2014 Medicare costs for certain outpatient procedures commonly performed in hospitals, listed by county and state, as well as US overall average Medicare payment. Files are detailed and complicated, not user-friendly.

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)

Cancer Information - How Consumers Get Cancer Info (August 2010 pdf)

Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) data from 2008, published by the National Cancer Institute shows that most people (68%) trusted cancer information from a doctor or health care professional, rather than from the Internet (19%). Yet regardless of trust factor, more than twice as many people actually used the Internet to search for cancer information, rather than being able to get the info from their health care providers. Two-page summary from hints.cancer.gov

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 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.

Find an Oncologist American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

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

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

Florida Outpatient Surgery Prices & Visit Volume (2012 data)

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 $7955 to $18,674, but individual hospitals ranged from $1000 to $52,000 (ages 18 to 64, Level 1); Level 2 common range was $11,000 to $24,000. FloridaHealthFinder.gov 2011-2012 data

Food and Drug Administration Home Page

The FDA regulates drugs, dietary supplements, medical devices, vaccines, and more. Example of news: drug shortages, new drug approvals, medical device recalls

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2015  Editor's Pick

Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for 95 Screening tests, Preventive Medication, and Counseling activities. Sample Topics: Screening Mammography at age 50, Cancer (e.g. which is more cost effective - colonoscopy or fecal occult blood testing for colorectal cancer?), recommended screening for bladder cancer or skin cancer, Heart Disease (including aspirin for prevention), smoking cessation, screening for depression in children, diabetes screening, folic acid supplements, glaucoma screening, osteoporosis, COPD and spirometry

Hospital Ratings at HealthGrades (all states) 2016  Editor's Pick

Hospital Ratings (5-star, 3-star, 1-star) for over 30 diseases & inpatient procedures: Stroke, back surgery, COPD, diabetes, gall bladder surgery (cholecystectomy), bowel obstruction, GI Bleed, hip fracture repair, hip replacement, total knee replacement, prostate removal, TURP, hysterectomy (listed under gynecologic surgeries), respiratory failure, pneumonia, cardiac bypass, heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty, defibrillator, pacemaker, valve surgery, sepsis, pancreatitis, pulmonary embolism, abdominal aneurysm, stomach surgery, peripheral vascular bypass & more. Probably Medicare-only data for most conditions, although some states provide maternity, appendectomy, and bariatric surgery (gastric bypass) data. More extensive list than the federal government's site. Publicly-traded company. Most data in 2016 ratings are from Medicare patients, from 2012 to 2014. Click on Detail to see 3-year patient volume, and actual mortality or complication rates compared to predicted

How often do physicians advise patients to exercise?

Data from the National Health Interview Survey, 2010, show that about one in three adults (32.4%) who had seen a physician or other health professional in the past 12 months had been advised to begin or continue to do exercise or physical activity. NCHS Data Brief 86, February 2012

Iowa Hospital Inpatient Charges Compare

Iowa Hospital Charges Compare provides information about volumes and average 2010-2011 charges (amount billed) at IA hospitals. Select one hospital to begin. Site allows 4 hospitals to be compared at one time for prices, 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, psych, rehab, and most medical conditions. Severity of illness can be specified. Consumers will need to inflate old prices to estimate current charges

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: 450 heart bypass procedures per year (CABG), 400 Percutaneous coronary intervention procedures (PCI angioplasty), 120 aortic valve replacement, 50 abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (AAA), 11 pancreatic resections, 13 esophagectomy per hospital, and an average daily census of at least 15 babies in neonatal intensive care (NICU). Bariatric (weight loss) surgery has a recommended hospital volume above 125 and more than 50 cases per surgeon annually. Read about the specifics in this two-page fact sheet, then go to the Hospital Quality Ratings category, and check the Leapfrog data for information on your local hospitals. Updated 2008

Louisiana Hospital Ratings and Prices - LA Hospital Inform

Search by Parish. Must click on View Reports on the left side of page to see LA hospital-specific selected inpatient charges (e.g. child birth, C-section, hip or knee surgery, gall bladder removal, appendectomy, heart problems, stent, cardiac cath, stomach problems, stroke, kidney failure, COPD, pneumonia, more); outpatient Medicare prices include ER visits, heart tests such as cardiac cath, EKG, stress test, echo; CT scan, MRI, x-ray and ultrasound, GI endoscopy, mammography, more. Quality scores similar to those at HospitalCompare, but may be less current. Louisiana Hospital Inform is sponsored by the Louisiana Hospital Association; Prices from 2009 (outpatient and inpatient)

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

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

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

Minnesota: How Much Does It Cost? (word doc)

Short document from the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, 2005, displays average charges (from 2003) for nearly 50 common medical treatments (including endoscopy, ear tubes, hysterectomy, tonsillectomy, having a baby, and some prescription drugs), using Minnesota data. An interesting comparison is the cost for the same problem (e.g. sore throat or ear ache), depending on whether the patient seeks office care, urgent care or ER care. This report adds together charges from both the hospital and the physician - not commonly seen in reports of charges. In a time when price data are so difficult to get, this report earns an Editor's Pick as a starting point. After all, did you know that stepping on a rusty nail could cost over $1000, or that a colonoscopy could be a $2000 question? (And this was BEFORE 15 years of steady price increases!)

Nebraska Hospital PricePoint System (Inpatient Charges)

Find average price and typical charges for many types of inpatient hospital stays in NE. Examples: maternity prices, angioplasty, heart surgery, some cancer services, hip & knee surgery, bowel surgery, pneumonia, stroke, UTI, gall bladder surgery (inpatient only). 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; 2009-2010 data. All cities including Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Creighton, Norfolk, Kearney. NHA Care Compare is sponsored by the Nebraska Hospital Association

New Mexico Medicare Advantage Insurance Plan Ratings

Compare 10 health insurance Medicare Advantage plans in New Mexico. Provided by Consumer Reports in 2013. Unclear what year(s) the data and rankings were based on. Go to NCQA to see detailed reports and more current information

New York - Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program (CLEP) - Approved Labs for all types of testing

Laboratories approved for certain specialty testing in New York are listed here by category of testing. Examples include Andrology (fertility assessment e.g. sperm count), Blood transfusion testing, Cellular Immunology, Endocrinology (e.g. thyroid function tests, TSH), HIV screening tests or those for viral identification, DNA testing, Toxicology labs, Trace Element labs, Transplant monitoring, or urine pregnancy testing; many more

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 - 2010 PricePoint (Hospital Inpatient Charges)

To get an idea of the average cost of hospital care, the Basic Query option allows users to check charges and volumes for 64 types of hospitalizations, representing about half of all hospital stays in Oregon. Includes maternity & newborn prices, heart care, stents, cardiac cath, heart transplant, hip and knee replacement charges, bone cancer, psychiatric hospitalization, alcohol & drug abuse, stomach or bowel problems, and rehabilitation charges. Hospital charity care and bad debt expenses also shown. Site by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) shows one hospital, one condition at a time, using 2009-2010 data. Consumers can try to get 2011 prices by calling the hospital

Oregon - compare hospital costs for under age 65 (2009)

State of OR (OHPR) posts average hospital charges paid by Oregon's 9 largest health plans (excludes Medicare, Medicaid) in 2009. Site is easy to navigate (click on Start Search), to compare costs for leukemia, chemotherapy, lymphoma, normal newborns and childbirth, prostate cancer (see Male reproductive), hysterectomy (Female reproductive), mental health, UTI, knee replacement and many more. Other than the prices being two years old, the information might be helpful if you think you can negotiate or select a better value hospital. Better inquire to see how much prices have gone up since 2009. Pub. Aug. 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

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

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 PricePoint - Compare Hospital Inpatient Charges (Prices)

If you are looking for average cost of hospital care or surgery, the 2010-2011 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

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2016: Cancer Rankings

US News & World Report named MD Anderson (Houston, TX) and Sloan-Kettering (New York) as its 2016 leaders of the top 50 hospitals for cancer care in the US. Scoring includes survival (30-day mortality), professional reputation, designation from the National Cancer Institute and other factors. Released August 2016

Utah HMO Health Insurance Plan 2015 Ratings

Compares Utah HMOs - health insurance plans Aetna, Altius, Cigna, Educators Mutual EMI, Humana, PEHP, Regence Blue Cross BS, SelectHealth, Tall Tree, United Healthcare, and Medicaid plans (Healthy U, Molina, SelectHealth CHIP) on member satisfaction, back pain, cancer screening, and high blood pressure; diabetes, mental health, prenatal & maternity, preventive care, well-child visits & immunizations, and more. Shows actual performance rates. 2016 Performance Report published by utah.gov using 2015 data

Utah Inpatient Hospital Charges, 2010 - 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. Volumes (2010 data) and length of stay are included; does not include average cost for physicians. Consumers may adjust for 2012 costs by adding 2-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 - 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

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

Wisconsin - HMO Health Plan Quality and Consumer Satisfaction Graphs

View graphs comparing rates for breast cancer screening, cervical cancer screening, diabetes care / eye exams, follow-up for mental illness, time spent with physician, children's visits to primary care providers, and overall rating of health insurance plans: Dean, Group Health Coop, Gundersen Lutheran, Humana, Medical Associates, Medica, MercyCare HMO, Network, Physicians Plus, UnitedHealthcare, Unity, WPS and more. 2015 data, by State of WI, OCI

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

Compare WI physician clinics on measures related to Appointment availability (time to schedule a doctor's appt.), Diabetes, heart care, Hypertension, Cholesterol management, smoking & osteoporosis screening, pneumonia shot, patient satisfaction with clinics, and screening for Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer & Colorectal Cancer. Includes Affinity, Aurora, Bellin, Columbia St. Mary's, Dean, Franciscan Skemp, Gundersen Clinic, Luther Midelfort, Marshfield Clinic, Medical College Physicians, Mercy, Prevea, ProHealth, ThedaCare, UW Health and Wheaton Franciscan. Some info for Monroe Clinic, West Bend, and LakeShore Medical. 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; 2009 and 2010 data

Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality - Hospital Inpatient Ratings & Prices

Compare hospital performance ratings for Surgery (including heart valves, gastric bypass [weight loss], angioplasty [PCI]), Heart Care, Maternity Care, Pneumonia, computerized physician orders to prevent medication errors, ICU staffing and more. Over 20 hospitals participate. Shows charges (average 2008 price) for some heart care, knee replacement, childbirth delivery, and pneumonia care; includes Leapfrog, CMS/Joint Commission measures. Some 2009 data. WCHQ report

Wyoming Hospital PricePoint - compare hospital costs

Compare inpatient charges in Wyoming for 60 common types of hospital admissions, like childbirth, joint replacement, surgery, heart valves or stents, pneumonia, 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 launched Feb. 2011 by the Wyoming Hospital Association, with 2009-2010 prices

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