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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. Some information on drugs used to fight cancer

American Cancer Society Editor's Pick

Extensive website, easy to navigate. Has 75 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 3 for both men and women); 1 in 5 that you’ll die from it

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. No updates available as of April 2018

Blue Distinction Centers: Cardiac, Cancer, Hip, Knee, Fertility, Maternity, Spine, Bariatric Surgery, Organ Transplants, Gene Therapy

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have designated national Blue Distinction Centers meeting their standards and selection criteria for bariatric weight loss surgery, cardiac (heart) care, fertility care, organ transplants (e.g. adult and pediatric bone marrow/stem cell, heart, lung, liver, pancreas (adult only) transplants, total knee and hip replacement, cancer care, maternity care, spine surgery, cellular immunotherapy, and gene therapy for ocular disorders. Quality criteria can be found from the home page. Substance Use Treatment and Recovery distinction to launch Jan. 1, 2020. In addition to Blue Distinction Centers, the Blue Distinction+ (Plus) designates high quality centers that also consider cost of care. (No further information is available on prices.) Interactive database; updated 2019

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 the Siteman Cancer Center, at 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 Cancer Centers, and Comprehensive Centers (70 total in 36 states and DC). 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.- 9pm. Can also get help online from a cancer information specialist. The service is confidential

Cancer Trends Progress Report 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 short Trends-at-a-Glance for summaries about prevention, early detection, treatment and survival rate improvement (see Life after Cancer, or End of Life). Updated 2019

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

American College of Surgeons offers the Commission on Cancer – Find Cancer Centers or Surgeons – Search by zip code (or city and state) and up to a 100 mile driving distance. 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

Glossary – Cancer Terms and Information (UK)

General cancer information and 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), TP53 gene, marker, resection, for example. Cancer Research UK, a leading charity based in London, England, dedicated to cancer research, developed the original award-winning patient information website known as CancerHelp UK

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. Researchers specifically looked at pancreatectomy, esophagectomy and colectomy. Used Medicare 2005-2006 data. Full article is available.

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 (2018) and deaths

One-page summary of over 1.7 million new cancer cases estimated for 2018 shows breast cancer in the lead. Number of deaths for each type of cancer 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, leukemia, pancreas, prostate, melanoma of the 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, 2015 from cancer.gov. The quickest way to see cancer survival rates is to see Figure 1.11. Data reflect survival through 2014

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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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 2019 costs; add at least 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

California – 2018-19 HMO, PPO, & Medical Group Ratings Report Card Editor's Pick

Two Kaiser Permanente HMO Plans received the highest ratings. The lowest rating went to Aetna Health of California HMO. Compare 10 largest California HMO health insurance plans: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross HMO, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente Northern and Southern CA regions, Sharp Health Plan, United Healthcare and Western Health Advantage. Compare 6 of the largest PPOs: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net Life Insurance Company, United Healthcare. Clear, simple star system (5 stars = excellent; 4 stars = very good; 3 stars = good, 2 stars = fair; 1 star = poor) used for overall rating. Actual performance scores are not given, but may be available through NCQA. Quality measures (based on HEDIS scores) for asthma, cancer screening, child health, chlamydia screening, diabetes, heart care, maternity care, behavioral and mental health, and other expected care. Member satisfaction stars also shown. Complaint rates reported for health plans in a separate report. Nearly 200 Medical Group ratings also provided by county for the larger groups of doctors. For example, nearly 60 different Kaiser Permanente medical groups are included; Sutter, Scripps, Sharp and many more.  Prepared by the California state Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA), published November 2018.

California: CalHospitalCompare.org – Hospital Quality Ratings & Patient Satisfaction

CA hospital quality ratings for heart care, hip and knee, gall bladder, surgery volume, pneumonia, COPD, stroke, preventing surgical infections & complications, maternity care including c-sections and VBAC, emergency department and patient opinion ratings, readmissions; some mortality/survival rates. Dates of data are hard to find (click on the red question marks when at the hospital report). When reported, most contain 2017 data.  Number of cancer cases is for 2014. 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

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 2019

Lists of top 10% hospitals in specialties such as bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac surgery, inpatient gall bladder surgery, GI care, general surgery, hip fractures, hip or knee joint replacement, organ transplants, spinal fusion, stroke care, and more. Top hospitals listed by nation, state or region.Categories include Medical Excellence, Patient Safety and Patient Satisfaction. Consumers can choose Medical Excellence results for Overall Surgical Care only. 2019 report covers Medicare claims data and HCAHPS patient satisfaction from 2014 to 2016, or in some cases to 2017. Announcing award-winning hospitals may require a license fee to be paid. CareChex is a division of Quantros, a for-profit software solutions company, which appears to be a competitor to HealthGrades

Consumer Guide to Prevention – USPSTF Recommendations Editor's Pick

Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for more than 100 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, depression, diabetes, abdominal aortic aneurysm, sexually transmitted disease, osteoporosis, and much more. Counseling for alcohol misuse, diet and physical activity. Updated 2019. the USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. Updated 2019

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, Satisfaction, Average Price

Compare Florida inpatient hospital ratings on patient satisfaction, how many procedures they do each year and infections. Search by condition to find volume (number of hospitalizations) and length of stay, 2017-2018 data.  State inspection reports are also shown on each hospital’s individual page. Find average statewide charge, and range of charges (price range) for each condition, with prices dating back to 2016. All age groups (not just Medicare), extensive set of health conditions/diseases, and the ability to sort with best FL hospitals at the top of the list, make this website helpful. Click on the hospital name to additional information about the hospital. Hysterectomy listed under Women’s Health instead of Surgery. Florida no longer provides hospital-specific price ranges or readmission rates. FloridaHealthFinder.gov, updated 2019.

Florida Outpatient Surgery Prices & Visit Volume (2018 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 $10,413 to $26.585, but individual hospitals ranged from $945 (Florida Medical Clinic in Tampa) to a high charge over $72,000 at Palms of Pasadena in St. Petersburg (ages 18 to 64, Level 1). Cataract procedures at the highest volume center (University of Miami Hospital Bascom Palmer Eye Institute) listed charges from nearly $17,000 to over $19,000. The second largest center, St. Luke’s Surgical Center in Tarpon Springs, did cataract procedures for $1400 (ages 18-64). Might be worth asking about price before you schedule the surgery. Links to inspection reports. FloridaHealthFinder.gov 2017-2018 data. Editor’s Pick.

Hospital Ratings at HealthGrades (all states) 2019

Hospital Ratings (5-star, 3-star, 1-star) for over 30 diseases & inpatient procedures: Stroke, back surgery, COPD, diabetes, gall bladder surgery, 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 2019 ratings are from Medicare patients, from 2015 to 2017. Patient satisfaction ratings (2017 data) are featured by HealthGrades. One hospital at time, unfortunately. No longer Editor’s Pick, since HealthGrades removed the 3-year patient volume, and actual mortality or complication rates compared to predicted. Mostly, the site shows which ratings awards were given to the hospital by HealthGrades – a fee likely was required for publicizing the award.

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. This data brief is no longer updated.

Iowa Hospital Inpatient Charges Compare

Iowa Hospital Charges Compare provides information about volumes and average 2018 charges (amount billed) and median charge at IA hospitals. This site is for consumers who want to find the average cost of surgery or other inpatient services. 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,rehab, and many medical conditions. Severity of illness can be specified. Limited focus to one service and category at a time. Average cost (and median charges) across the state are also shown for each procedure.

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: 40 mitral valve repair and replacement (minimum 10 for a surgeon), minimum 20 for pancreatic resections for cancer (10 for surgeon), esophageal resection 20 (7 for surgeon); 40 minimum for lung resections (15 per surgeon); minimum 50 bariatric surgery for weight loss (20 for surgeon) and other volume standards for rectal cancer, carotid endarterectomy and open aortic procedures. Read about the specifics, then go to the Hospital Quality Ratings category, and check the Leapfrog data for information on your local hospitals. Updated 2019

Louisiana Hospital Ratings and Prices – LA Hospital Inform

Find range of charges (low price and high price) 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 (2017). LA Hospital Inform is sponsored by the Louisiana Hospital Association; Price ranges from 2017 (outpatient and inpatient)

Michigan – Compare Hospitals, Physician Groups, Nursing Homes in SE Mich.

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 2017

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

Compare side-by-side (5 measures 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 Wisconsin communities for diabetes, knee replacement, vascular care, mental health (depression), cancer screening, controlling high blood pressure, heart (coronary artery) disease, asthma, vaccinations, appropriate care for children with colds and sore throats and more. 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, North Memorial, Northfield, Olmsted, Park Nicollet, Ridgeview, Sanford, St. Cloud CentraCare, St. Luke’s, St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic (Essentia), Stillwater, United, University of Minnesota, Winona Health Services, and more; OB-GYN clinics and Orthopedic clinics. Report by MN Community Measurement (founded by the MN Medical Association and seven non-profit health insurance plans). Annual data, but report doesn’t specify what year (unclear why that is a secret).  Otherwise, the interactive format is easy-to-use.

Missouri Hospital Prices and Quality for Inpatient and ER – Compare Hospitals Editor's Pick

Click on Find a Hospital, then Pricing Data to find the price (median charge) for common inpatient medical conditions and surgeries at Missouri (MO) 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 (ER Emergency Room) base prices are separately shown by level. In Missouri, more than half of the ER visits were at the highest possible levels 4 and 5 (high severity). Median charges for Level 4 were $3538 and for Level 5 the median price was $6498, Oct. 2017 to Sept. 2018 data. Level 3 (moderate severity & moderately complex case) median charge was $1409. Prices shown for 2017-2018. Hospital Quality data for 2018 also shown at this site. Compare hospitals on infections, readmissions, falls, and other patient safety results. Editor’s Pick for putting all of this information in one place and timely reporting on quality. Published by Missouri Hospital Association

NCQA Physician Recognition Programs: Diabetes, Heart & Stroke, Oncology

Lists physicians who meet program requirements and high-quality care standards in Diabetes, Heart/Stroke, Oncology and various other electronic record or Patient-Centered Medical Home programs. NCQA is National Committee for Quality Assurance, and is more commonly known as NCQA. Limited information on doctors – name, address, phone

Nebraska Hospital PricePoint System (Inpatient Charges)

Find average price and typical charges for most types of inpatient hospital stays in NE. Compare average hospital prices. 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 $15,265 on average in 2016-2017. Vaginal delivery (mom only) cost $8832 on average; normal newborn was $4636. 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 – 2017 data. All cities including Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Creighton, Norfolk, Kearney. NHA Care Compare is sponsored by the Nebraska Hospital Association

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), Virology, Genetic testing, Toxicology labs, Trace Element labs, Transplant monitoring; many more. Nearly 100 labs overall

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 2016 costs paid by commercial insurance companies or patient-paid amounts. Median amounts paid (not charges) are 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. Hospitals also list their financial performance measures for 2017 at this website.

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. Easy to compare all hospitals in a county. Dates vary from 2014 to 1st quarter 2017, depending on the measure. Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance (PHCQA) merged with the Health Care Improvement Foundation in 2015.

Pennsylvania Hospital Performance Report 2017 | PHC4 Editor's Pick

Compare PA hospitals on Mortality Rating (relative survival rate), Average Charge (price), and Readmission rates. Sixteen (16) conditions in the pdf reports include heart failure, abnormal heartbeat, heart attack, angioplasty and stent, pneumonia, stroke, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, COPD, colorectal surgical procedures, diabetes, kidney failure, urinary tract infections, sepsis, chest pain, and respiratory failure. Grouped by region. As an example, there were over 68,000 sepsis cases in Pennsylvania in 2016-2017, with an average mortality rate of 9.3%, and average charge close to $56,000; about 18% were readmitted.  Symbols for Mortality ratings can be confusing – a higher mortality rating means worse survival. No orthopedic (hip or knee) surgery included. Data from Oct. 2016 to Sept. 2017, published by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), November 2018.

Prevention Priorities

Rankings of preventive services and scoring each for cost effectiveness. HealthPartners Institute, working with the National Commission on Prevention Priorities (NCPP), sponsors this information.

Texas – Guide to Texas HMO Quality 2017 (OPIC)

Lengthy (270 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, antibiotic utilization rates, rates of physician board certification, and more. Compare HMOs Aetna, Allegian, Cigna, Community First, Community Health Choice, FIRSTCARE, HMO Blue Texas, Humana, Molina, Scott and White, Superior and United Healthcare of Texas. Pub. by TX Office of Public Insurance Council

Texas PricePoint – Compare Hospital Inpatient Charges (Prices)

Average charge for a joint replacement in Texas was reported to be about $79.000 in 2017. A cesarean section without major complications averaged nearly $26,000, not counting the baby’s care. If you are looking for average cost of hospital care or surgery, the prices at this PricePoint site by the Texas Hospital Association will give you an idea of what to expect on your hospital bill. 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; for example: “Uterine & adnexa proc” instead of hysterectomy. Does not include surgeon or other physician fees.

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2018: Cancer Rankings

US News & World Report again named University of Texas MD Anderson (Houston, TX) and Memorial Sloan-Kettering (New York) as its 2018 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. Minimum number of cases was 195 (over 3 years), of which 33 needed to be surgical cases.

Utah HMO Health Insurance Plan 2017 Ratings

Compare Utah HMOs – health insurance plans Aetna, Altius, Cigna, Deseret, Educators Mutual EMI, Humana, PEHP, Regence Blue Cross BS, SelectHealth, Tall Tree, United Healthcare, and Medicaid plans (Healthy U, Molina, SelectHealth CHIP, Utah FFS) on member satisfaction, antidepressant medications, back pain, cancer screening, and high blood pressure; diabetes, prenatal & maternity, preventive care, well-child visits & immunizations, and more. Shows actual performance rates. 2017 Performance Report published by utah.gov using 2016 data

Utah Inpatient Hospital Charges, 2016 – 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 (mental health, bipolar, schizophrenia) admission costs, for example, you will need to click on LOOKUP. Volumes (2016 data) and length of stay are included; does not include average cost for physicians. Consumers may adjust for 2019 costs by adding 3-year price inflation (at least 6% more). As with other PricePoint Systems, view one UT hospital at a time. Utah Hospital Association

Vermont – 2019 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.  See if your hospital is average, above average, or below average. Health conditions include heart care, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention, central line associated bloodstream infections, hysterectomy infections, knee replacement and hip replacement infection rates, volume and death rates for resection of esophagus or of pancreas (usually for cancer), abdominal aneurysm repair (AAA – listed as fix the artery), readmissions & 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. 2017-2018 data for quality; 2017 information on prices for some procedures, 2019 prices (through Sept. 30) for other services such as physician office visits. Published May 2019.

Vermont – Hospital Outpatient Surgery Prices, 2017 (pdf)

What does ambulatory surgery cost in in Vermont? See Section called Pricing, Charges by Hospital. 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 cataract surgery (average $6074), upper GI endoscopy ($5420), knee cartilage surgery ($9520 average), arthrocentesis joint aspiration ($700), gall bladder removal (average $13,484), breast biopsy (avg. $4213), other biopsies, ear tubes (average $3530), tonsillectomy ($6948), pacemaker ($9254), bunion removal (12,114 avg), colonoscopy $3694 average; range $1575 at Northwestern Medical Center to $5169 at North Country Hospital; hernia repair $12,000; excision of skin lesion $2417; fetal monitoring cost $784; circumcision cost $4239; outpatient hysterectomy $21,995; peritoneal dialysis ($10,575), and many more procedures. 12-month avg. charges ending Sept. 30, 2017, 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. About two years old, published 2019. 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, 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 care (best plan for 7-day follow-up is Kaiser at 70%, compared to HealthKeepers e.g. at just 47%), preventive care, spirometry for COPD, prenatal, maternity and newborn care; weight assessment, well child visits and childhood illnesses, member satisfaction for 2016 and more. Also includes Board certification rates for some types of physicians, number of enrollees, and financial data. Of note, the largest plan HealthKeepers, was also the lowest rated in member satisfaction.

Wisconsin – HMO Health Plan Quality and Consumer Satisfaction Graphs

View graphs comparing rates in WI 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 and HMOs: Dean, Group Health Coop, Gundersen Lutheran, Humana, Medical Associates, Medica, MercyCare HMO, Network, Physicians Plus, UnitedHealthcare, Unity, WPS and more. 2015 data, last updated January 2017 by State of Wisconsin, OCI

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

Compare Wisconsin physician clinics on 30 measures related to satisfaction with getting a timely doctor’s appointment, patient recommendations on clinics; scores for diabetes, heart care, high blood pressure, HPV vaccine, smoking & osteoporosis screening, pneumonia shot, screening for Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer & Colorectal Cancer; Ischemic Vascular Disease care, BMI, Depression screening, well child visits and more. Includes Affinity, Aspirus, Aurora, Bellin, Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s and Wheaton, Associated Physicians, SSM Dean, Mayo Clinic Eau Claire and Franciscan La Crosse, Fort Healthcare, Froedert, Gundersen Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, Mercy, Meriter Unity Point, Monroe, Prairie Clinic, Prevea, Primary Care Associates Appleton, ProHealth, Reedsburg, ThedaCare, UW Health, Wildwood 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 (WCHQ); 2017 and 2018 data

Wyoming Hospital PricePoint – compare hospital costs

Compare inpatient charges in Wyoming for 60 common types of hospital admissions, like childbirth (average price for uncomplicated vaginal delivery in state was $9323), newborn, hip or knee joint replacement, surgery (average charge $54,605 without complications), heart valves or stents, pneumonia, psychiatric admission ($19,055 average price for severe psychological disorders including schizophrenia, with average 9 day stay in hospital), rehab, and many more. Average cost in WY is also shown. Site shows one hospital at a time. WyoPricePoint by the Wyoming Hospital Association, shows 2016-2017 prices

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