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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. CLICK on the blue [i] to the right of each green bar chart to find out if your hospital meets survival expectations and/or volume standards of 50 very-low birth weight babies for High-Risk Delivery-Neonatal ICU patients per year. Info on infection rates and early elective cesarean deliveries also reported. Many, but unfortunately not all hospitals participate; easy to compare. Updated for 2018, but period covered is unclear. Leapfrog was a pioneer in getting ratings in the public eye

CDC List of Diseases and Organisms in Healthcare Settings

CDC gives a short description of organisms such as c.diff (Clostridioides difficile), klebsiella, MRSA, norovirus, staphylococcus aureus, VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci), TB, and others found in healthcare settings.

Hand Hygiene Video (one minute)

Take one minute to view the online youtube video for hand hygiene technique and guidelines to help prevent infections. CDC epidemiologist presents the basics – really fast.

Hospital Program of Distinction to Prevent Infections

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology launched a new national recognition program for acute care hospitals who meet standards in preventing infections. Vanderbilt was the first to be recognized in 2017. It’s unclear if there are any other hospitals who have received the Program of Distinction, a three-year recognition award. (APIC) is the leading professional association for infection preventionists

Infection Prevention Basics for Consumers (APIC)

Learn how patients and families can break the chain of infection inside and outside of healthcare settings.  Monthly alerts are provided by the Association For Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Formerly PreventInfection.org

National Healthcare Infections from CDC (2018 NHSN Report)

CDC manages the system that tracks healthcare-associated infections. Over 3600 hospitals and others participate in this voluntary reporting system. Aggregate reports are available to the public by state. Report shows device-related infection rates for central lines (CLABSI), urinary catheter-associated UTI, ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), surgical site infections (SSIs); c.difficile events and MRSA bacteremia. Counts available on the number of hospitals that have statistically worse infection rates, but no names provided. Standardized Infection Ratios (SIR) shown for 2017 data; trends to 2018 also available

NQF Standards for Reporting Healthcare-Associated Infections

National Quality Forum report, National Voluntary Consensus Standards for the Reporting of Healthcare-associated Infection (HAI) Data, identifies principles, measures and public reporting standards for central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs); surgical site infections (SSIs), and UTI outcomes. Written for professionals. The non-profit NQF report is 68 pages; pub. January 2012

NY Times: Getting Doctors to Wash Their Hands

In short: Consumers must read this. It’s important for all patients and their families. Important too for the provider hold-outs who might think hand hygiene is about them, instead of about patient protection. Article by Ahahad O’Connor in New York Times, Sept. 1, 2011; see also the links inside the article

See Also Consumer Health Ratings – Average Costs & Prices – Compare Hospital Charges Editor's Pick

See our main category on Costs to see how specific hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers or clinics COMPARE on average prices or charges for many surgeries, hospitalizations, procedures and outpatient tests. The LEARN MORE listings show general average costs in your region if available

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20 Most Expensive Conditions Requiring Hospital Stay, 2013 (pdf)

The top 10 of 20 most expensive conditions that people get hospitalized for are led by Septicemia, osteoarthritis, liveborn infants, complication of device, implant or graft; heart attack (AMI), congestive heart failure (CHF), back problems, pneumonia, coronary atherosclerosis and acute cerebrovascular disease. The full list identifies 20 health conditions that cost the nation the most in hospital charges in 2013. The top 10 represented nearly half (48%) of the total national hospital bill. For Medicaid patients, mood disorders, schizophrenia and previous C-section were in the top 10. For the uninsured, diabetes with complications was the 4th most expensive condition. 15-page Statistical Brief #204 by AHRQ uses 2013 HCUP data; published May 2016

Alabama Hospital Infections, 2017

Compare healthcare associated infections in AL hospitals for 2017. Grouped by type of infection (catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI), surgical site infection (SSI) associated with colon surgery, and SSI associated with abdominal hysterectomy. Hospital-specific data shown for Birmingham and 6 other regions, along with whether the hospital is better, similar or worse than national average.

Better scores in 2017 on CAUTI went to Grandview Medical Center, Univ. of AL Birmingham Hospital, NE Alabama Regional Medical Center, and Providence Hospital. Top scores for CLABSI went to Grandview, Univ. of AL Birmingham Hospital, and Univ. of South Alabama Medical Center; significantly worse ratings went to Jackson Hospital and Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Jackson also performed significantly worse on infections for hysterectomies. Brookwood Medical Center performed significantly better on hysterectomy SSIs.  Grandview and St. Vincent’s East received best ratings for Colon Surgery infections.  By Alabama Dept. of Public Health; 56 pages published December 2018

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 2016; Quality and Patient Satisfaction scores reflect 2017 ratings

Average Cost of Common Hospital Stays (HCUP)

Learn about the average cost for common hospital stays, by diagnosis. Average cost per stay for all diagnoses was $10,000 in 2011 (about $12,300 in 2019 dollars).  Report shows 20 conditions with the highest total inpatient costs in 2011. Includes newborn baby ($3300), septicemia ($18,600), osteoarthritis ($15,400), coronary atherosclerosis ($17,200), acute myocardial infarction (heart attack, $18,900), congestive heart failure ($10,900), pneumonia ($9500), stroke ($14,000), COPD ($7800, physical rehab ($13,100), diabetes with complications ($9600), hip fracture ($15,400), mood disorders ($15,400) and more. These numbers are estimated costs, NOT prices. Add about 23% for cost inflation. Prices will be more. Statistical Brief #168 from Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, AHRQ Dec. 2013. No updates available yet.

California – Average Inpatient and Outpatient Hospital Prices, 2018

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. ER visits, 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 2018. Consumers can see one hospital at a time.  Provided through California OSHPD.

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

Colorado 2018 Hospital Charges and 2017 Insurance Payments

Find average 2018 cost across CO for more than 50 types of hospitalizations. Click on View Reimbursement by Diagnosis or Insurance Provider to see average total charge in 2017, and what the insurance company reimbursement was. 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 $78,874 had an average insurance payment of $26,588, or about 1/3 of the charges. Uncomplicated delivery was priced at $16,500 in 2017 (17,545 in 2018), with insurance companies paying $7347 in 2017. Similar for newborns – $5171 average price, insurance paid $2341. Insurance company payments appeared to go down in 2017, while charges went up. Consumers are also able to see actual hospital prices (Click View Hospital Charges, then select year 2018 and procedure). Example: Average 2018 price for major joint replacement at hospitals that performed at least 100 procedures, ranged from $13,941 in Meeker (Pioneers Medical Center), to $131,513 at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree (nearly 10 times higher; midrange 208 price across hospitals was about $79,000.  Physician charges are not included. Published by the State Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Insurance, and Colorado Hospital Association. Updated 2019.

Colorado Hospital & Ambulatory Surgery Infection Rates 2018

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. 2017 data

Delaware Hospital Infections – 2018-2019

Compare eight Delaware hospitals on their numbers of infections every quarter. Six types of Actual infections are compared to predicted. See the Annual Report (2018 full year report published June 2019) to view whether a hospital is better or worse than average. Christiana Care Christiana Hospital was significantly better than national average for CLABSI (central line associated bloodstream infections) and Colon Surgery infections; Christiana and St. Francis were better for C.Diff. No hospitals scored statistically worse for any of the infections, including MRSA. Quarterly updates for 2019 will be at the site. Staff influenza vaccination rates also shown; one hospital (St. Francis Healthcare) did not meet 90% goal during the 2018-2019 flu season. DE Health & Social Services DHSS, 2019  Report is very timely.

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.

HealthInsight: National Rankings for Hospitals (all states)

Overall hospital rankings based on a summary of patient experience (satisfaction), hospital infections, mortality (for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia) and readmissions. Health Insight, a project of Oregon, Utah, New Mexico and Nevada, developed a helpful composite ranking for nearly every hospital in the nation, using national CMS measures and satisfaction ratings from inpatients. Performance on preventing infections contributes 45% to the hospital’s national ranking. Patient experience results contribute 35% to the score. Results shown by state. Easier to use than the federal HospitalCompare website, but less detail. Dates are from admissions primarily in 2017.

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 2017 – 2018. 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 patient satisfaction HCAHPS ratings from 2017 – 2018. 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

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 2016 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). Prices may be found under the SERVICES tab. 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 2018, using 2016 data

Influenza Vaccination for Healthcare Personnel (Joint Commission)

The Joint Commission 100-page monograph outlines rationale and strategies for immunizing health care personnel (HCPs) against influenza – both seasonal flu and pandemic flu. Strategies from research and best practices from others are shared in order to improve vaccination rates (currently estimated around 42% nationally), thereby protecting both patients and staff, and reducing the spread of influenza. Pub 2009

Iowa Hospital Quality, Safety and Utilization Ratings

Compare Iowa hospitals on a few quality measures, patient safety (including deaths of patients who were unlikely to die during hospitalization); surgical care, complications and deaths; infection prevention, utilization measures and more. Interactive report only. Iowa Report by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (based in Des Moines, IA) uses 2014-2015 data, and some measures are current to 2017.

Maryland Hospital Prices, 2018

Compare volume and average charges (prices) at each Maryland hospital (by name) and statewide for 100 most common inpatient diagnoses (severity adjusted using APR-DRGs) – including newborns (avg. $2142), childbirth vaginal delivery ($8173), c-section (avg. $10,081), heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, pneumonia, COPD, septicemia, cellulitis ($11,000), knee joint replacement (avg. $22,643), major depression ($10,929), bipolar admissions ($10,411 state average), schizophrenia ($13,917) stroke, urinary tract infections ($9308) and rehabilitation ($26,196). Data from first half of 2018. 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 2019

Maryland Hospital Quality Ratings (MHCC)

Overall consumer satisfaction, and Quality Measures on common groups of illnesses or conditions for which people are hospitalized in Maryland. Topics include different types of infections, emergency department waiting time, heart conditions, pneumonia, COPD, hip and knee surgery, imaging, stroke, maternity and newborn care, surgery infections for hysterectomy, colon surgery and more. Click on hospital name to see actual scores and details. MD Hospital Guide generally shows 2015-2016 data, pub. by MD Health Care Commission

Massachusetts Hospital Ratings – Infection Rates

Find employee influenza vaccination rates, and Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) in Massachusetts Hospitals (2017). The Acute Hospital Data Sheet in the Excel file shows each hospital by name (separate tabs for each hospital), although is not user-friendly to the general public. Published by Mass. Health and Human Services, July 2018

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

Michigan Hospital Ratings: VerifyMIcare.org

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 2017; click on the checkmark to see the dates, which are otherwise hidden. Redesigned web site launched Jan. 2018

Missouri Healthcare-Associated Infections – Central Line, Surgery Editor's Pick

Three types of hospital-acquired infections – Central Line Associated Bloodstream (CLAB) Infections and Surgical Site Infection (SSI) rate 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 2017 data. Click on Infection Reporting Data to search

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

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 2016-2017 data (some data older, to 2015). 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 or more hospitals side-by-side. Volume levels for certain procedures are given, but questionably labeled to read that lower volume is better.

New Jersey Hospital Quality Assessment – heart, pneumonia, infections

Compare NJ hospitals on 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 very old (2013 or 2015). Patient Safety Indicators and Infections reports use 2015 data. NJ Dept. of Health

New York Hospital Infection Rates – 2018 (statewide) Editor's Pick

NY State Department of Health reports Hospital-Acquired Infections for colon surgery, cardiac bypass, hip replacement, abdominal hysterectomy (grouped into one Surgical Site Infection score); central line (CLABSI) infections and c.diff. Consumer report is just 28 pages. Statewide, the New York hospital c. diff. infection rate decreased by 30% from 2015 to 2017. Data for 2017 are risk-adjusted and compared to state average. Summary of each hospital’s performance quickly identifies whether hospital reflects typical performance. Red and blue bars on the graphs show the far worse-than-average and far better-than average hospitals. Very easy to read. Published October 2018

Oregon Hospital Infection Ratings, 2017

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. 2018

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.

Safety Topics for Patients and Staff: A to Z (Premier) Editor's Pick

Premier’s Safety Institute provides resource information on topics such as guidelines for infection prevention, influenza, hand hygiene, alarm safety, back injury prevention, opioids, sharps injury prevention and other critical safety topics

South Carolina – Compare Hospital Associated Infection Rates (HAIs)

Compare surgical site infection rates at SC hospitals for colon surgery, hysterectomy (abdominal), hip and knee replacements, and heart bypass (CABG), 2017 data. Central line infections in hospital ICUs, c. difficile and MRSA also shown; compare hospitals for each type of infection. Provided by South Carolina state Department of Health (DHEC)

Tennessee Hospital Infection Ratings (pdf)

Tennessee Reports on Healthcare Associated Infections to compare TN hospitals in how well they avoided healthcare associated infections in 2016. Each hospital identified as to whether the same, or significantly better (lower) or worse (higher, shown in red) infection rates. Central Line-Associated blood stream infections (CLABSI), Catheter associated urinary tract infections, surgical site infections for colon surgery or hysterectomy, C.Diff and MRSA infections all shown. Published by Tenn Dept of Health, December 2018

Utah CheckPoint – Patient Satisfaction, Infections, Heart, Pneumonia Quality Ratings

Compare Utah (UT) hospital inpatient quality ratings for heart attack, congestive heart failure and pneumonia care, 2014-2017 data. Patient satisfaction and infection ratings use 2017-2018 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 mortality and readmissions. 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 – Inpatient Hospital Average Prices, 2017 (pdf)

2019 Hospital Report Card shows average prices (gross charges) for each VT hospital’s most frequent inpatient admissions – includes newborn delivery (normal newborn $3093; newborn with medical problems = $4946, but close to $22,000 if the baby had major problems), cesarean section ($17,000 to $20,000), average cost for vaginal delivery $9365 without complications; pneumonia; total hip or knee replacement (average $41,171), depression  (average $16,853), psychoses such as schizophrenia (average $32,775), COPD & emphysema, heart failure, chest pain, rehabilitation, heart rhythm problems, back problems, Spinal fusion about $63,400; kidney or urinary tract infection, and other hospital stays. Compare costs on nearly 60 different types of cases, listed by MS-DRG. Links to hospital discount policies for consumers with cost concerns (see Financial Assistance); 2016-2017 average charges published May 2019

Washington Hospital Infection Rates, 2017

Compare infection rates among Washington’s hospitals, for central line infections (ICU and non-ICU) and surgical site infections (hysterectomy, colon, hip, knee, CABG heart bypass and other cardiac surgery).  CDI (c. difficile) infections are also reported by hospital. Hospitals with worse infection rates than the norm, are pointed out in red. Reports by the WA State Dept. of Health. 2017 data updated October 2018. Surgery infections were last updated in 2016 with 2014 performance results.

Washington Hospital Quality Ratings and Satisfaction Levels, 2018 Editor's Pick

Compare WA hospital scores for Emergency Care (average 24 minutes before patients see a doctor or nurse), Surgical Infections (cardiac surgery, orthopedics, hysterectomy, colon); other infections (CLABSI, CAUTI); Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Stroke, Surgery (including hip and knee), readmissions and patient opinions. Mortality (survival) data for heart care and pneumonia. Consumers can find some of this information at the federal HospitalCompare site. Here all hospital ratings are side-by-side and are easier to see.  Data periods may vary from the federal site. Most data are 2017 to 2018. View DATA GRID is an excellent way to see scores for all hospitals in the state quickly. Be sure to Expand Grid when you see that option. This website has been redesigned and is very easy to use and to read.  Because of the expert redesign, we are giving the site the Editor’s Pick designation for 2019. Washington State Hospital Association

Wisconsin CheckPoint – Hospital Ratings and Patient Opinions Editor's Pick

Compare hospital quality performance and patient satisfaction ratings for 125 hospitals in WI. Topics: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical post-op infections and complications, survival for hip, knee surgery, heart, vascular, other cardiac, colon surgery and hysterectomy; patient safety problems such as falls and pressure ulcers; readmissions; deaths data. See how many patients would definitely recommend the hospital. (Ratings are listed under Patient Experience.)  Also compare hospitals on how many patients “understood their care when they left hospital”. Statewide, only 57% said they understood their care in 2017-2018. Seven hospitals had fewer than half their patients understanding their care.

Some rankings are shown by stars (one, two, or 3 stars) instead of numbers. Wisconsin Hospital Association makes quarterly updates. Even though the clinical topic list may be sketchy (such as Digestive), WHA receives Editor’s Pick for going beyond CMS measures, for showing all hospitals side-by-side, consumer ease in getting a free overall quality report for one hospital, staying current, and showing comparisons to the benchmark best in the state

Wisconsin Hospitals PricePoint (Average Inpatient Prices)

Median 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 if you click on more detail. From WHA Information Center, part of the Wisconsin Hospital Association WHA Information Center. Surgeon fees NOT included, nor are dates shown. Compare hospitals by city (anywhere in the state by adding cities). Wisc. Hospital Assn. created the PricePoint System now used in other states. This version of Pricepoint has been modified to be payer-specific, although gross charges (sticker price) should be the same for all patients. Must watch a video before proceeding to see the prices; you may also need specific medical information about the procedure in order to select the price you are interested in.

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