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Consumers who are looking for Survival Rate information for certain illnesses and diseases will find a considerable amount of information under the term Mortality rather than Survival. The use of the term Mortality Rate is a long-standing tradition in the medical community. Check the Hospital Ratings category and one of the illness categories above for additional survival rate information. If you would like to add your vote of support for the term Survival instead of Mortality, please send us an email

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.

California Hospital Quality: Survival Rates and Mortality Ratings 2015 (pdf)

This quality ratings site provides survival rates and mortality ratings for California hospitals. Find risk-adjusted mortality (death) rates for each CA hospital, and the number of inpatient cases in 2015 (Jan. – Sept.). California statewide mortality rate for hip fracture was 2.0%, pneumonia 3.3%, PCI (angioplasty) 3.4%, heart attack (AMI) 5.9%, heart failure 2.9%, stroke 8.7%, GI hemorrhage (bleed) 2.3%, craniotomy 7.1%, esophageal resection 4.3%, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair 1.3%, pancreatic resection 2.6%, and carotid endarterectomy was 0.5%. Report by CA Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (oshpd) shows whether hospitals were similar to state average, or significantly better or significantly worse survival rates; pub. May 2017.  Select AHRQ IMI Conditions 2015. No updates as of February 2020.

Dialysis Facility Compare from medicare.gov Editor's Pick

Compare services and ratings on kidney dialysis facilities in any state or US territory, by Medicare.gov. Quality measures show relative survival among facilities and quality of care provided to Medicare patients at hospital-sponsored centers, nonprofit and for-profit dialysis centers. Patient satisfaction results also shown for each dialysis center. Time periods covered, are generally 2017 to 2018. Resources on kidney failure and end stage renal disease (ESRD) also linked

Organ Transplants – Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network

Transplant survival rates on a regional basis (1-year, 3-year, 5-year) compared to national; kidney, pancreas, liver, heart, lung, intestine. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Updated 2019 with 2015 survival data.  Volume of transplants by transplant center updated year-to-date 2019.

Transplant WaitList Editor's Pick

Waiting list numbers of people waiting for a transplant: Kidney, pancreas, liver, intestine, heart, lung transplants. In May 2019, about 95,000 people were waiting for a kidney, and 13,000 for a liver. Survival rates shown by age, sex and ethnicity.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Statistics

CDC estimates 2.9 million traumatic brain injury and concussion ER visits, hospitalizations or deaths occur each year; most are treated in the ER and released. In 2014, falls were the leading cause of TBI. Falls accounted for 48% of all TBI-related ED visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the US. A lot of useful information, except for information about healthcare costs.

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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AHRQ – MRSA Infections in US Hospitals

Statistical Brief #35 shows the steady rise over 12 years to 2005, in MRSA infections (Methicillin-Resistant Staph Aureus) in hospitals. Detailed analysis of 2004 showed about half were to people ages 18 to 64. Rates were higher for men, those in the South, patients arriving in the ER or transferred from another hospital or nursing home, and those covered by Medicare. Estimated costs were $14,000 per case, and 10 day length of stay, about double what patients without MRSA infections experienced. Survival rates were lower too, with in-hospital mortality (death) rate of 4.7% compared to 2.1% for those without infections. MRSA infections could have originated in the hospital, or have been community-acquired. (See Statistical Brief #212 published in 2016 for an estimate of proportion community-acquired in California hospitals.) July 2007 report. Information is now very old, but is still being relied upon by the publisher, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

America’s Best Hospitals list (Medicare) 2020 from HealthGrades

HealthGrades list of America’s Best Hospitals shows their choice for the top 50 hospitals and 100 best and top 250 hospitals in the US, based on clinical quality for Medicare patients over 3 years ending 2018. List shows which hospitals have held clinical excellence for 6 or 7 years (top 1%), and those for 5 consecutive years (top 2%). The 250 best hospitals (top 5%) were formerly known as receiving the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.  HealthGrades examined complication rates or survival rates for 32 diagnoses (such as heart failure, COPD, pneumonia, stroke, diabetes, pancreatitis, sepsis) or surgical procedures (such as hip or knee replacement, gall bladder removal, back surgery, bowel obstruction, prostatectomy, angioplasty, valve surgery, and heart bypass). Hospitals are listed by state; 40 states had hospitals that ranked in the top 5%. Published Feb. 2020

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

CalHospitalCompare shows California 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 2017-2018 data.  Number of cancer cases is labeled as both 2014 and 2017. 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 IBM Watson Health

CDI (c.diff) Infections in US Hospitals (pdf)

AHRQ Statistical Brief #124 shows steep increase in CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infections) in hospitals between 2001 and 2008, but declining in 2009. Detailed analysis of 2009 shows average age was 68 years, with very high rates in those age 85+. Survival rates show 9.1 percent died. Length of stay 13 days. Average cost per patient $24,400 (charges would be higher) and $8.2 billion for the year. Technical language; report by AHRQ using HCUP data; pub. 2012

Colorado Hospital Quality Ratings, Report Card

Click on Hospital Quality Report at the Report Card Website by the Colorado Hospital Association. See hospital-specific data on mortality (survival rates) and volume. Mortality Measures show survival rate information for heart care (heart failure, heart attack AMI), pneumonia, stroke, hip fracture, or bleeding stomach (GI). Compare CO hospitals on Patient Safety bedsores (pressure sores/ decubitus ulcer), post-surgical blood clots (DVT, PE), sepsis (bloodstream infections) and falls. Volumes and infections for six procedures (hysterectomy, breast surgery, colon surgery, cardiac bypass CABG, hip or knee replacement). 2017 data, all patients. Nurse staffing information also provided. Consumers may need to use the Chrome browser only, to see the hospital information. cohospitalquality.org

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

WhyNotTheBest.org is a helpful website to compare hospitals and check ratings, although the number of measures is few. Allows comparisons within a state, up to 70 hospitals at a time. Currently using 2017-2018 data for most measures. Some measure are older. Emergency room care, blood clots, infections, influenza vaccination, patient satisfaction, survival rates (mortality for heart care, pneumonia, COPD and stroke), readmissions, old charges from 2011 and more. Must SCROLL in the measures selected box, to find all the other kinds of reports and measures that don’t readily appear. Trends are shown for many hospitals, and you might be able to find Top Performers in the country at this website. Operated by IPRO

Healthgrades – Hospital Awards for Patient Safety Excellence, 2019

List of top 10% (460) hospitals, distinguished for their Medicare patient safety, using 2015 to 2017 data. List evaluates 14 types of hospital patient safety incidents, such as leaving foreign objects behind during surgery, pressure ulcers [bedsores], accidental cuts during medical care; deep blood clots, collapsed lung pneumothorax, postoperative hip fracture, bloodstream infection, deaths after surgical complications, and postop sepsis. Annual study released 2019 by Healthgrades

Hospital Compare – at medicare.gov (all states) Hospital star ratings, complications Editor's Pick

Visit Hospital Compare to find hospital star ratings and complications for hospitals in all states. Federal government (at medicare.gov) gives 1 to 5 stars and compares hospital ratings for heart attack (AMI), heart failure, pneumonia, COPD, stroke, hip & knee, preventing infections and surgical complications, timeliness of Emergency (ER) dept., use of medical imaging. Most data are from 2018-2019; some ratings are older. 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 (patient experience opinions) from 2018-2019. 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. Updated 2020.

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 arthroscopy priced at over $33,000 average in IL, bunionectomy [which had a statewide list price nearing $20,000], 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 2019, using 2017 prices and 2018 quality data

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

The Leapfrog Group has Evidence-Based Hospital Referral Safety Standards that include recommended minimum volumes for certain surgical procedures. They include minimum annual hospital volumes as follows: 40 mitral valve repair and replacement (minimum 20 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); minimum 20 carotid endarterectomy (10 for surgeon) and other volume standards for rectal cancer 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 2020

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, using older data from 2014. Mortality ratings for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, stroke, and CABG are also shown, (2017, or older). Patient Safety Indicators and Infections reports use 2017 data. Some outpatient measures are included. NJ Dept. of Health prepares the NJ Hospital Quality Assessment.

New York State Hospital Quality Ratings – health.ny.gov

Find hospital ratings on quality in New York state. Select NY hospitals to compare in care areas like emergency department waiting time, post-op complications, cardiac, patient satisfaction, readmissions, death rates or infection prevention. Data updated each year, although dates are hard to find (hover over the hospital’s score, or see the dates on the Printable Page). Most data are from somewhere between 2015 and 2019. Services include maternity, and volumes for some types of surgery (e.g. endoscopy, colonoscopy, hernia repair) and procedure counts for MRI, CT, cancer chemotherapy and psych evaluations. Some measures (e.g. surgery complications and mortality) and volume data go back to 2015. New York State Department of Health (health.ny.gov) site NY Health Profiles. Select one hospital at a time. You can select hospitals to compare, to see performance measures side by side.

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.

Sepsis: What you should know

The Sepsis page from CDC identifies what you should know about severe sepsis. Written for lay people. Over 1.7 million people in the US get sepsis each year, with about 270,000 deaths from it annually. Death rates are high. CDC estimates that 1 in 3 in-hospital deaths are due to sepsis. Click Get Ahead of Sepsis (on the left Navigation bar) to find more resources for patients and families

In a 2014 study of nearly 174,000 sepsis patients, linked at the site, hospital mortality was 25.5% among patients with hospital-onset sepsis, compared to 13.4% for patients with sepsis present on admission. The adjusted in-hospital mortality rate was 15.6%. Death rates for septic patients were higher for older patients, men, teaching hospitals, and larger hospital. [Rhee, published online by JAMA, September 2017]

Smoking (MedlinePlus) Editor's Pick

According to the CDC, adults who smoke cigarettes die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers. Site includes topics like Tobacco-related Mortality, E-Cigarettes, Genes and Smoking (and sperm mutations), Cigarettes and Nicotine, Increased Risk for Cataracts, Lung Cancer, COPD, Effects on Infertility, Statistics (about 15 in 100 adults smokes), Lung pictures, and how much money you will save when you quit smoking (see making a Quit Plan). Set a date to quit

Surgical Safety Checklist proves effective – NEJM 2009

Surgical Safety Checklist proves to be effective, as published by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Article by Haynes, Weiser et al (including our favorite Atul Gawande MD) outlines the effectiveness of an easy-to-implement surgical checklist. The study tested the tool and approach with about 4000 patients in eight hospitals (incl. one in Seattle) in 8 countries, providing a diverse application of the checklist. Results showed significant and dramatic improvement in lowering surgical site infections, returns to OR, deaths, and complications. Very exciting stuff when published in January 2009. Now it has become standard of care. Classic article.

Texas – Inpatient Care Ratings in Texas Hospitals

Compare Inpatient Care ratings for Texas hospitals. Sixteen (16) separate quality ratings include patients of any payer type. Compare hospital volumes, mortality (survival rates), and certain utilization rates (i.e. cesarean section, VBAC rate). Survival rates for heart attack (AMI), heart failure CHF, stroke, GI hemorrhage, hip fracture, and pneumonia. Volume and/or death rates provided for heart bypass surgery (CABG), angioplasty (PCI), AAA Repair, hip replacement, craniotomy, esophageal resection, pancreatic resection, and carotid endarterectomy. TX Dept. of State Health Services THCIC. Updated with 2016 data

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2019-20: Pediatric & Children’s Hospitals

US News & World Report’s top pediatric hospitals listed for cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology (digestive disorders) & GI surgery; neonatology; nephrology (kidney);  neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology (respiratory problems) and lung surgery; and urology. Honor roll of 10 hospitals is led by Boston Children’s, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Cincinnati Children’s tied for third with Texas Children’s in Houston. List called Best Children’s Hospitals updated June 2019. Detailed hospital scores for individual measures such as survival, are in the Methodology report

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.

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

Wisconsin CheckPoint helps you compare hospital quality performance and patient satisfaction ratings for 127 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. Six hospitals had fewer than half their patients understanding their care: Beloit Health, Holy Family Manitowoc, Ascension St. Francis, Mile Bluff Mauston, ThedaCare New London and Wild Rose Medical Centers.

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

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