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Help Guide for Hospital Quality Ratings - Three Steps to Begin (READ ME)

Hospital quality ratings are prepared by a huge number of different organizations, which makes it difficult for the consumer to learn & compare. A hospital "good" in one service, may not have a strong ranking in another. Most important - do not assume anything, and check more than one source. Three ideas to begin: 1. Check the first few national (all states) listings on this page, below. 2. Check a report prepared by someone in your state - it might be more comprehensive and/or current. 3. If you need heart care information, read a cardiac ratings report (subcategory at the top of this page), since this area is more highly developed. Compare the findings and talk it over with your doctor and, if necessary, community leaders. PS - you can learn a lot by checking reports in other states - about survival, performance, quality standards and consumer responsibilities

Compare Hospitals at Why Not the Best? (IPRO)  Editor's Pick

If you could choose only one website to check hospital ratings, this might be it. Shows trends and in many cases which hospital has the best performance in the country. Currently using 2014-2015 data for most measures. Some measure are older. Heart care, pneumonia, surgery, patient satisfaction, survival rates (mortality) and more. Trends are shown for many hospitals, and you might be able to find Top Performers in the country at this website. Operated by IPRO

Hospital Compare - hospitalcompare.hhs.gov (all states) - Hospital star ratings, complications  Editor's Pick

Federal government gives 1 to 5 stars and compares hospital ratings for heart attack (AMI), heart failure, pneumonia, COPD, stroke, and preventing surgery infections and other complications in 2014-2015. Includes death rate comparisons from heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, and readmission rates. Click on Timely & Effective Care, or Complications. Shows patient satisfaction HCAHPS ratings. Editor's Pick because the government standardized its ratings for all hospitals, and most ratings are based on more than just Medicare patients. Small volume hospitals will not show data for some measures. Be sure to click on Show Graphs. New Overall Star Ratings in 2016 are controversial

Hospital Safety for Medicare Patients, Gov't Ratings 2013

Federal Government shows patient safety rates for Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC), such as Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI), hospital falls, foreign object left in after surgery, manifestations of poor glycemic control (signs of uncontrolled blood sugar), the most severe pressure ulcers (bedsores) and vascular catheter-associated infections. They are all serious conditions that some patients get during an inpatient hospital stay. If hospitals follow proper procedures, patients are less likely to get these conditions. Dates are not easy to find, but they will be the most current available. Updated 2013

HealthInsight: National Rankings for Hospitals (all states)  Editor's Pick

Overall hospital rankings based on a summary of readmissions, mortality, AMI (heart attack), heart failure, stroke, blood clot, surgical infection prevention rankings, plus patient opinions and more. Health Insight, a project of Utah, New Mexico and Nevada, developed a helpful composite ranking for nearly every hospital in the nation, using at least 30 national CMS measures and satisfaction ratings from inpatients. Results shown by state. Easier to use than the federal HospitalCompare website, but less detail. Updated with 2014-2015 data

Hospital 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

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

Accredited Healthcare Facilities - Joint Commission Accreditation (all states)  Editor's Pick

The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO - Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accredits hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Quality Check provides accreditation and comparison information for hospitals, home health/hospice, laboratories, some nursing homes & assisted living centers, and other health care services. Click on View Accreditation Quality Report to see actual scores for acute care hospitals 2014-2015

Accredited Hospitals - Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program

The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), founded by the American Osteopathic Association, lists names of acute hospitals and their laboratories, critical access hospitals, office-based and other ambulatory surgery centers; behavioral health, and primary stroke centers, that are accredited under the HFAP program. Competitor to the Joint Commission

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

UCompareHealthCare.com (all states)

Compare hospitals on quality measures, readmission rates, patient safety, infection prevention, mortality rates. Unfortunately data time periods are not fully disclosed at the site, even in the methodology section in About Us. Data could be very old, and you wouldn't know it. Privately held company

Other Helpful Listings

Accredited Chest Pain Centers - Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC)

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. Shows location of each hospital. Provided by the nonprofit Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC)

Birthing - Find an Accredited Birth Center

This directory identifies birth centers accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers. Standards are set by the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC). Birthing centers practice midwifery (midwives) and take a wellness and holistic approach to pregnancy and maternity care

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

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

HCAHPS - Patient Satisfaction Scores for Hospitals 2015  Editor's Pick

Use the Find and Compare hospitals tab to view patient satisfaction survey ratings and opinions by hospital inpatients across the US. Side by side comparisons for 3 hospitals at a time, 2014-2015 data. Find out how many patients would recommend their hospital, and the percent who give their hospital a 9 or 10 score. Voluntary hospital participation. Federal government oversees the HCAHPS survey process (H-Caps) - Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, available since 2008; updated 2015

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"

Rehabilitation Hospitals - CARF-Accredited Facilities

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities offers the ability to do an online search for accredited facilities with specific rehab programs you may be interested in. Includes Behavioral Health, Pain Management, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord, Physical Rehab, Aging services, and more. Search engine is either simple (just zip code) or very complicated because of its detail, abbreviations and multiple choices

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