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

Find HealthScores Physician Clinic Ratings in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Compare side-by-side (5 measures at a time) over 500 participating medical groups, hundreds of clinic locations and urgent care centers in MN; Fargo, Grand Forks, ND;  Sioux Falls, SD and some WI 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, probably from 2018. Must check each measure separately in “Measure Detail” to find out dates of service.  Otherwise, the interactive format is easy-to-use.

MinuteClinic Price List and Waiting Times

MinuteClinic price list gives cash prices for hundreds of services or tests, many priced in the $99 to $139 range. MinuteClinic is owned by CVS Pharmacy. Published list prices range from $99 to $139 for strep throat, plus $35 for the strep throat test. Sport physical $69, but summer “special” $49 during July to September 2020 only; seasonal flu shot $50 or $70; Vitamin B12 injection $35; pregnancy test $25 (pregnancy evaluation is $89 plus test costs). Other prices include costs for bug bites, skin rash, ear wax removal ($89-$99, possibly per ear); A1c checks, Shingles vaccine $179, urinary tract and bladder infections (up to $139); flu test for influenza A & B $70 to $100; monitoring or treatment for high blood pressure or high cholesterol; one-time medication renewal $99 to $139; HPV vaccination at $250 each; and many more. Services available in 33 states and DC, including AZ, CA, IL, TX, FL, New York, New Jersey, MN, WI, PA, OH. Current 2020 prices are listed, but are subject to change. Updated July 2020. Clinic wait times are also shown on the clinic locator.

MN Physician fees, office visit cost, colonoscopy, more

Find how much physicians charge for over 100 professional services in Minnesota, ND, SD, WI through Minnesota HealthScores’ Cost Report feature. Compare prices perhaps 500 participating medical groups, and hundreds of clinic locations in Minnesota, and some border communities, for doctor office visits, lab tests, colonoscopy, endoscopy, minor office surgical procedures such as ear wax or wart removal; immunization, psychotherapy. Obstetric services, including inpatient delivery. Medical groups include Allina, Altru, Apple Valley, Aspen, Avera, Brainerd, Children’s Physician Network, Dakota Clinic, Edina, Fairview, Fergus, Grand Itasca, Gundersen, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Lakewood, Mankato, Mayo Clinic, MeritCare, Innovis, North Memorial, Northstar, Olmsted, Osceola, Park Nicollet, Regina, Ridgeview, Sanford, St. Cloud CentraCare, St. Luke’s, St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic, Stillwater, United, University of Minnesota, Winona Clinic, and more; OB-GYN clinics, Report by MN Community Measurement. Does NOT include facility charges which are in the thousands for colonoscopy or childbirth. Interactive easy-to-use format. Costs shown are claims through BCBS, Health Partners, Medica, and Preferred One in 2017 (we think). Unclear if it’s price before or after discounts

Nursing Home Case Numbers and Deaths from COVID-19 (AARP)

AARP provides links to each state to see the number of COVID-positive cases and deaths in nursing homes. Across the US, AARP estimates at least 43,000 nursing home deaths are due to COVID-19. In some states, a majority of coronavirus deaths are from nursing home residents and staff. Each state provides information – some more, some less – on the names and locations of nursing homes. In Illinois, for example, one can find the name and numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths for every nursing home. In Minnesota, by contrast, only the names of facilities that have at least 10 coronavirus cases are released. The number of cases is not disclosed. AARP is pressing for more transparency. Easy to use website. Updated June 11, 2020.

Nursing Homes and COVID-19 Cases and Deaths (CMS)

Look up your nursing home to see how many confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths occurred among residents as of September 20, 2020. CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) reports that more than 238,000 nursing home resident confirmed cases have occurred nursing homes. Many nursing homes also reported additional “suspected cases” (139,000). Some nursing homes may not have reported data yet. The nursing homes that did report also indicated 57,000 Covid deaths had occurred. The report is expected to be updated weekly. The Nursing Home Dataset is used best with the filter, using the name of the facility. You must click on Apply, in order for the filter to work. Not user-friendly. Considerable questions have been raised about the accuracy of the data, so consumers should be cautious.

Additionally, CMS has conducted special surveys on over 15,000 nursing homes as of September 25 (nearly 100% of US nursing homes.)  Some targeted inspection reports on nursing homes whose surveys were completed may be available; if so, they can be found on the Nursing Home Compare website. (On the main page, look under Spotlight). Inspection reports are available for nursing homes in the metro areas of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle. Published by the federal government.

US News Best Nursing Homes 2019-2020

U.S. News 2020 list of best nursing homes use federal government CMS star ratings and quality measures from the CMS data in July 2019. Fewer than 3,000 nursing homes gained Top Performing status, out of more than 15,000. The top rated nursing homes selected by US News had to be high performing for either short-term rehab care, or long-term care, or both. Just 420 nursing homes qualified as top performing for both. There were 784 nursing homes that were categorized as Below Average for both short and long-term care. The methodology changed in 2019, and may not be compared to prior top nursing home lists. Also, consumers should check Nursing Home Compare ratings, which may show star ratings that are quite different than (possibly even opposite to) the US News ratings. Information on nursing homes from NursingHomeCompare published by US News. Updated October 2019

WI Group Health Insurance Rates for Small Employers Jan. 1, 2020

Compare 2020 group health insurance rates for small employers in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) published the 2020 health insurance company premium rates for small employers (2 to 50 employees) for group health insurance policies. Companies were asked to quote rates for a sample Silver Plan (such as 80/20 with a $3,000 deductible), effective January 1, 2020. Premiums varied by company and city. Examples shown apply to 50 year olds, 35 and 37-year olds. Anthem Blue Cross’ PPO silver plan for a 50 year old non-smoker required a $3,000 individual deductible with a premium cost that ranged from $730/month (Appleton) to $925 in Hudson, to $1,149 (Prairie du Chien). Dean Health Plan HMO silver plan with a $4,800 individual deductible was $399 in Madison (50-year old nonsmoker), but $649/month in Eau Claire.  Similar WPS PPO premiums were $722 (Green Bay) to $1,113 (Madison). United HMO ($2,500 deductible) was $688/month for a nonsmoking 50-year old in Milwaukee; Hudson rates were $666/month, up to $900/month in La Crosse. Group Health, CompCare, Aspirus, Security, Humana, HealthPartners, Medica, Quartz and others are listed.

Wisconsin – Ambulatory Surgery Facility Charges, 2018

Wisconsin ambulatory surgery facility charges (prices) for 2018 for each hospital and freestanding ambulatory surgery center How much does outpatient surgery cost in WI?  Scroll to bottom of page for Chapters VI and VII Ambulatory Surgery. Find average 2018 charges for 20 common ambulatory surgery procedures, such as Colonoscopy (6 codes), Endoscopy, Biopsy, Spinal Injection, Cataract & Lens ($7,439 hospital average), outpatient Knee surgery/arthroscopy ($11,699), Carpal Tunnel ($6,548), Ear Tubes, and more. Volumes for each hospital and surgical center are shown for top 20 only. Go to Table 28 in Chapter VI for a longer list of 40 procedures including colonoscopy & biopsy, code 45380 ($5,478 average) and gall bladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy at $18,389). Chapter VII compares average prices (along with median charge and number of cases) at each hospital and surgery center for twenty 2018 ambulatory surgeries. Prices do NOT include surgeon and physician fees, which may cost thousands of dollars and could double prices shown. Consumers should add medical inflation to estimate 2019 facility prices. Health Care Data Report 2018 published by WHA Information Center September 2019.

Wisconsin – Doctor License Lookup and Discipline Records

Doctor license lookup for Wisconsin includes discipline records. Maintained by the WI Dept. of Safety and Professional Services, this site allows consumers to check their Wisconsin doctor’s licensing information (to see if still active), and any disciplinary actions called Orders. Full report of discipline-related events can be accessed, so consumer can judge for him/ herself. Physicians are listed under Medicine and Surgery (select DO or MD). Licensed Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Dentists, RNs, etc. are also at this web site

Wisconsin – HMO, Health Plan and Medicare Supplement Grievance Report

Find Wisconsin number and rates of grievances in 2019 for WI HMOs, health plans, and Medicare Supplement plans. A grievance is a written complaint. Online tool shows report for every licensed health insurance plan and HMO plan. Examples included Aspirus Arise, Children’s, Compcare, Dean, Group Health Coop, Humana, I-Care, Medica, MercyCare HMO, Network, Quartz, Security, UnitedHealthcare, Unity, WPS and more. Medicare Supplement plan grievances for Aetna, American Family, Blue Cross, Cigna, Genworth, Golden Rule, UnitedHealthCare, Thrivent, and more. 2019 data, updated 2020 by State of WI, OCI (Office of the Commissioner of Insurance).

Wisconsin – Hospital Rate Increases in 2020 and 2019

Find how much Wisconsin hospital rate increases are for 2020 and the year before (2019). When updated by the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s Information Center (June 1, 2020), increases for 2020 were averaging 3.74% (compared to a CPI Index of 2.3%). The average hospital price increase during 2019 for all WI hospitals was 4.14%, a fraction lower than in 2018. Most recent CPI Index for 2019 ended at 1.9%. Worthy of note, West Allis/Select Specialty Hospital raised its prices 19.5% on January 1, 2019. Of those raising prices in 2020, so far, the highest overall average hospital rate increase has been 5 percent. Within a hospital, the specific price of any individual service can be raised more or less than that number.

Wisconsin – Madison Magazine Top Dentists 2020

Who are the top dentists for 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin? Partial List of top dentists in seven specialties (such as endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry; about 85 listed for General dentistry; 8 pediatric dentists.) Local dentists were surveyed to pick their favorite dentists in Madison, WI. Unclear how many responded to the survey. Published July 2020 by Madison Magazine, WI.

Wisconsin – Madison Magazine Top Doctors 2018

Madison Magazine asked Dane County physicians to name top doctors in 73 medical, pediatric and surgical disciplines that they would recommend to their family and friends. Generally, 3 to 6 physicians per specialty are listed; more than 200 in total. Such a list is reputation-oriented and based on personal experience, and does not necessarily reflect actual performance data. Number of respondents to survey is not shown. As with all Top and Best physician lists, you’ll want to check multiple sources. Updated May 2018 (biennial list)

Wisconsin Assisted Living Facility Directories and Provider Profiles

Find directories of four categories of Assisted Living facilities in Wisconsin. Provider profiles, using the Provider Search function, are provided for Adult Day Care, Adult Family Home, Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) and Residential Care Apartment Complex (RCAC). Each organization and facility has its own report that includes an Inspection Summary; No side-by-side comparisons. However, this link shows profiles by individual county to aid your search. It also provides a statewide WI directory for for each type of licensed assisted living service, which gives price ranges. Updated 2020

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

Wisconsin CheckPoint helps you compare hospital quality performance and patient opinion ratings for 127 hospitals in WI. Topics: Birth, infections, readmissions; deaths (mortality) data, patient satisfaction, patient safety. Many conditions are rated, such as heart attack, heart failure, CABG and PTCA; pneumonia, surgical post-op infections, hip and knee surgery, vascular, colon surgery and hysterectomy; COPD, pneumonia; patient safety problems such as falls and pressure ulcers. 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 2018-2019, same as last year. Four hospitals had fewer than half their patients understanding their care: Beloit Health, Ascension St. Francis in Milwaukee, ThedaCare Medical Center at Wild Rose, and Gundersen Moundview Hospital and Clinics in Friendship.

Some rankings are shown by stars (one, two, or 3 stars) instead of numbers. While the composite score was calculated in February of 2019, many individual measures reflect a full year 2019 ratings. Long-term trends lines are shown for each hospital, measure by measure. Wisconsin Hospital Association makes quarterly updates. 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. Updated 2020.

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

Physician group ratings from the Wisconsin Collaborative (WCHQ). Compare Wisconsin doctor clinics on scores for behavioral health (Depression screening); diabetes, cancer screening (Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer & Colorectal Cancer); heart care, high blood pressure, tobacco use; HPV vaccine, pediatric vaccines, well child visits; Oral health 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-Result option helps you see better performers on the top of your list for some items. Bar chart reports; use the hover feature in order to see the actual performance scores. Reports by WI Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ); 2019 data

Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ)

Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality. WCHQ is a voluntary consortium of organizations (doctors, hospitals and health insurance plans, supported by community businesses) publicly reports and explains performance measures to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare in Wisconsin. They are a national leader in the public reporting of healthcare quality measures. Headquarters in Madison WI area

Wisconsin Directory of Health Care Facilities and Agencies (DHS)

Statewide Wisconsin directory of all types of licensed health care facilities and agencies.  Lists hospitals and health care facilities that are licensed to serve Wisc. residents. Includes assisted living, outpatient surgery centers, kidney dialysis providers, home health agencies, hospice, outpatient rehabilitation, rural health clinics, swing bed hospitals and nursing homes. Inspection and complaint reports are linked. The Consumer Guide section of the website also has a roster list of Community Based Residential Facilities (CBRFs) that shows the approximate range of prices and services offered. Information is from the WI Department of Health Services (DHS). Consumers can also call toll free 1-800-642-6552 to file complaints. Updated 2019.

Wisconsin Directory of Licensed Nursing Homes (pdf)

The Wisconsin Directory of Licensed Nursing Homes is a 43-page list of WI nursing homes, organized by County. Contains basic contact information on all nursing homes. Updated 2020

Wisconsin ER and Hospital Urgent Care Prices (Emergency Department)

Find ER visit and urgent care prices for common visits to WI emergency departments (ER) or hospital-based urgent care. Examples of typical charges: mood disorders, urinary tract infection (UTI), abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting or teeth problems. Shows median (middle) price for ER (2019) WITHOUT the physician’s fee. It also shows how many cases the hospital treated. If the hospital has on-site urgent care, it will show that price also. Example: Mercy Health Hospital in Janesville charged $1,936 (median charge during 2019) in the ER for urinary tract infection (UTI), but a lower $671 in its urgent care service. Free-standing community Urgent Care clinics are not included in these prices.  Fifty (50) services are listed. It may be difficult to find what you’re looking for, since common problems such as “breathing problems” are not listed. Still, Wisconsin Hospital Association’s PricePoint makes comparing hospital prices possible. This site is one of the more timely sites for healthcare price transparency. Compare hospitals downtown vs. those in the suburbs. Consumers may wish to add up to 5% medical inflation, depending on the hospital, to estimate 2020 prices. The average hospital price increase for WI hospitals that raised prices this year, has been 3.74% (as of June 1, 2020). Updated 2020.

Wisconsin Health Insurance Cost Rankings 2018

Annual premiums and deductibles (2018) for employee health insurance in various metro markets averaged $10,043 per year for single coverage. Citizen Action of Wisconsin, a coalition of individuals and organizations (such as AFSCME locals, AFL-CIO, WEAC, WI Farmers Union), reports health insurance cost in 18 metro regions, including Twin Cities. Rates in Eau Claire ($10,908 per yr, single) were 20% higher than Madison rates ($9,096 per yr.) Most areas exceeded $10,000 single. Health plan costs shown for Twin Cities, Oshkosh, Green Bay, Appleton, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Janesville/Beloit, Wausau, Stevens Point, La Crosse, Superior, Eau Claire, Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, Dubuque, more. Uniform benefits package was used for all areas, however the report does not specify what type of benefits and deductibles were included. The report also does not indicate whether the rates were adjusted for regional differences in age, or healthy behaviors. Shows annual inflation pre-ACA (2000 to 2013) compared to after ACA (2014-2018), with post-ACA so very much lower. However, this summary can be misleading. In 2018, large group rates went down 5%, while individual inflation was up 51% (up 60% in Madison, doubled in Green Bay), and small group inflation was 10% compared to 2017. Large Group information reflects government employee rate paid by State of Wisconsin’s Group Health Insurance Program (GHIP). Published December 2017.

Wisconsin Heart Care – Compare Hospital Inpatient Ratings (WCHQ)

Compare hospital inpatient ratings for heart care, cardiac surgery, and cardiovascular specialty care in Wisconsin, through WCHQ’s website. Cardiac measures for 19 WI hospitals on cardiac bypass CABG infections, complications, deaths; quickness in opening up arteries in a heart attack; and in-hospital mortality for cardiac cath patients. Data are for 2017. Clinics also report heart care measures at this website, for 2019. Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) report

Wisconsin Hospital Volumes & Average Charges

Find average facility charges and volumes for each Wisconsin hospital. Charges exclude physician and surgeon fees. Two-page summary for each WI hospital’s number of births, and other types of inpatient stays: Stroke, Knee replacement (APR-DRG 302), hip replacement (301), COPD, Pneumonia, Heart Failure, Bowel surgery, Septicemia, Psychoses, etc. Full report also shows statewide median charges for the year 2018. Released by WHA Information Center September 2019

Wisconsin Hospitals PricePoint (Average Inpatient Prices)

Wisconsin PricePoint tool shows average hospital price, median charge and length of stay for common inpatient services. Hospitalizations include 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 on the consumer version of the PricePoint tool. (See dates by going through the professional tool, from the Home page.)  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.

Wisconsin Managed Care Health Plan Market Share 2019

Wisconsin Managed Care Health Plan Market Share report shows which HMOs have the largest market share enrollment. Detailed enrollment breakout by county for January 1, 2019. Includes UHC of WI, Quartz, Dean, Security, Compcare, Children’s, Network, Managed Health, Group Health Cooperative, Molina, I-Care, Aspirus, MercyCare HMO, Humana, WPS and more. Report by the WI Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, October 2019.

Wisconsin Nursing Homes Survey Inspection Reports

Use the Provider Search tool to find Wisconsin nursing home survey inspection findings and deficiencies. Information on Facilities for People with Developmental Disabilities also found at this site. Data prepared by the WI State Dept. of Health Services for the most recent full year. Updated 2020

Wisconsin PricePoint – Outpatient & Ambulatory Surgery Cost

Compare outpatient and ambulatory surgery volume and charges for colonoscopy, cataracts, eardrum surgery, shoulder or knee surgery, carpal tunnel surgery, removal of tonsils & adenoids, appendectomy, breast biopsy, endoscopy, gallbladder (cholecystectomy), upper GI, heart catheterization and more. Compare hospitals and surgical centers. Typical (median) price in county and statewide Wisconsin median prices shown, but no dates are provided on the consumer site. Must use the healthcare professionals site to see the dates and the volumes done at each hospital; 2018-2019 prices are shown. Prices exclude surgeon and other doctors’ fees which may double the numbers you see here

Mayo Clinic Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rates – Self Reported

Compare Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rates within the Mayo Clinic system. The ratios are self-reported but calculated by Vizient. Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System report their ratios of observed deaths to expected deaths (x 100) for their Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida and Arizona hospital operations, from 2017 to 2019. Mayo Rochester is NOT shown separately, but may be referred to as Minnesota on the graph. Usually the comparison is relative to 100, so despite the confusion, it’s interesting to see this level of transparency. Look for results under 1. (Over 1 is not a great sign). Mayo’s target is 0.71 or lower. Most facilities met that target; all were were under 1.0 for 4th quarter 2019. Updated 2020.

Self-Reported Average Costs – Medica (Health Plan Contract Rates) Editor's Pick

Find average costs in the Medica Health Plan contract rates. Main Street Medica self-reports average cost ranges by hospital or clinic name, for 19 common hospital inpatient stays, 29 outpatient surgery procedures, over 50 diagnostic imaging tests, nearly 80 types of office visits; medical equipment, prosthetics, & supplies for diabetes & ostomy care, chiropractors. Also gives comparative costs for a few generic vs. prescription drugs. General range of lab test costs are in the Choosing Quality Care section. Includes Minnesota, Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks, ND, Sioux Falls, SD and many WI hospitals and clinics. Reported price estimates apply to Medica Choice Network services, not necessarily the general public. Dates of prices are not disclosed. Site is very responsive and easy to use if you search by Procedure, Disease or Condition. Medica is a large Twin Cities-based NCQA-accredited health insurance plan.

Self-Reported Charges (Prices) – ProHealth Care

ProHealth Care (Waukesha and Oconomowoc, Wisconsin) provides online comparisons of charges for certain common inpatient hospitalizations such as maternity, and hospital prices for the 75 most common inpatient stays and the 75 most frequent outpatient surgical procedures. Very useful because the median charge is more current (2018-2019) and it shows what commercial insurance usually pays, and what Medicare usually pays. There is a huge difference. Find charges for procedures such as cataract surgery, colonoscopy, hip or knee replacement, hernia repair, ACL repair. carpal tunnel, tonsillectomy (removal of tonsils), surgery for gall bladder (cholecystectomy), rotator cuff, breast biopsy, endoscopy and more. Prices do not include surgeon or other physician fees

WI Healthcare Workforce Report 2019

WI Healthcare Workforce Report for 2019 includes infographic and full 40-page report.  Major concerns include the aging workforce, in light of needs of an aging general population. Additional info about workforce, career paths, RNs, Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants, Surgical Techs, LPNs, CRNAs, respiratory therapists and more. The average hospital vacancy rate in 2018 for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) was about 11%. Visit the Workforce section at the bottom of the page. Published by Wisconsin Hospital Association, December 2019.

Wisconsin County Health Rankings 2020

Wisconsin County Health Rankings report prepared by UW Population Health Institute showing where each county in Wisconsin stands with regard to health care, health status and outcomes, access to care, healthy behaviors, socioeconomic factors, and physical environment. Clinical care (which measured rates of uninsured, supply of primary care providers, dentists and mental health providers; preventable hospitalizations, mammography rates and flu vaccinations) ranked La Crosse County the highest; Clark County was the lowest. Same as last year. Published 2020

County Health Rankings 2020 – All States Editor's Pick

County Health Rankings 2020 for all states, lets consumers compare your county’s health status to the rest of your state. It provides the latest results for smoking, obesity, alcohol use, flu vaccination rates, preventable hospital stays; primary care, dentist and mental health provider rates, percent uninsured (as of 2017), alcohol impaired driving deaths, severe housing problems, social associations, and much more. Very interesting information on health behaviors and health outcomes. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Univ. of WI Population Health Institute

Health, United States Chartbook for 2018 Editor's Pick

Annual United States Chartbook on Health is a report on trends in health statistics.  Publication: Health, United States, 2018 edition, by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Chartbook contains text and figures showing long term trends in the health and healthcare of Americans; most data to 2017; 47 trend tables; 20 figures with charts. Published  by CDC 2019

Kaiser State Health Facts: Individual State Profiles

Kaiser State Health Facts provides individual state profiles and for the US as a whole on a variety of healthcare subjects. Compare states on health status, health insurance coverage, costs, minority health, and more. Covid-19 cases, deaths and testing have been added to the Health Status category in 2020. In the Demographics and the Economy category, find information on population, poverty, income, employment, state budgets, taxes, voting and voter registration. From the highly respected and trusted Kaiser Family Foundation; Dates vary from 2015 to 2020

State Scorecard 2020: Access, Quality, Costs, Health

All states are ranked by The Commonwealth Fund in this 2020 State Scorecard on Health System Performance. Interactive database to see just your state. Better yet, check out who is at the top of the list: Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Iowa, Connecticut,Colorado, Vermont, Washington, Utah and New York. Data periods vary; most are current to 2018; 49 measures that cover access, affordability, prevention, treatment, potentially avoidable hospital use and cost, and healthy lives. Published September 2020.

State-by-State Snapshots (AHRQ)

State-by-state snapshots from AHRQ details quality and disparities in healthcare in your state. How does your state rate? State snapshots show strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement in health and healthcare, based on data from the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (NHQDR). Updated annually by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, although dates are not clear unless you drill down to the specific measure.

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Accredited Ambulatory Health Care and Surgery Centers (AAAHC)

Find an accredited ambulatory health care facility or surgery center.  AAAHC, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care is a nonprofit that currently accredits over 6,100 organizations in a wide variety of ambulatory health care settings, including ambulatory and office based outpatient surgery centers, community health centers, endoscopy centers, lithotripsy centers, some managed health plans, medical group practices, retail clinics, urgent care centers, specialty services, and workplace clinics.  (See also Joint Commission website for hospital-owned ambulatory surgery center accreditation.)

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

Find accredited healthcare facilities in all states, by The Joint Commission (TJC). TJC is formerly JCAHO – Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. It accredits hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Quality Check provides accreditation and comparison information for hospitals, behavioral health care, home health/hospice, laboratories, some nursing homes (called nursing care centers) & assisted living centers, and other health care services. A few actual scores for acute care hospitals  and behavioral health (mental health) programs may be available for 2018.  For nursing homes, consumers are advised also to check state inspection reports . We recently discovered a 1-star Florida nursing home (the lowest possible rating in the state) had been accredited by the Joint Commission. Consumers are always advised to check multiple sources and ratings when researching quality of care. Conflicts in scores may suggest quality is not consistent.

Accredited Heart Care Centers – American College of Cardiology

List of Accredited heart care centers from the nonprofit American College of Cardiology (ACC). The ACC accreditation program includes the Chest Pain Centers program previously within the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and the Society of Chest Pain Centers (both known as SCPC.) Some accredited centers have PCI (percutaneous cardiac intervention). Must meet emergency department requirements and standards for timely diagnosis and treatment. List is interactive by state or type of accreditation, including atrial fibrillation (A Fib), cardiac cath, chest pain center, heart failure, heartCARE center and more. Shows location of each hospital. Consumers might be surprised to learn that their favorite hospital’s heart program is not accredited.

Accredited Hospitals – Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program

Find accredited hospitals and facilities through the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. HFAP, founded by the American Osteopathic Association, lists names of acute hospitals and their laboratories, critical access hospitals, office-based and other ambulatory surgery centers; behavioral health, and primary stroke centers, that are accredited under the HFAP program. Competitor to the Joint Commission. Search function is not very user friendly.

Acupuncture Referral Service – Find an acupuncturist

The Acupuncture Referral Service helps consumers find an acupuncturist. List of people who are licensed to do acupuncture, by state and country – note, many people are listed twice. Besides the US and Puerto Rico, professionals in Canada, Australia, UK (England, United Kingdom), India, and other countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East are included in the directory. Interesting observation: no acupuncturists in China are listed

Affordable Clinics for Primary Care, Mental Health and Dentists (HRSA) Editor's Pick

Find an affordable clinic for primary care, mental health or a dentist. List from HRSA, shows federally funded community health centers that provide primary medical care, pregnancy care, physician office visits, immunizations, dental care, mental health and other services, regardless of ability to pay. Search by state, county or zip code. Every state appears to have special clinics for those without insurance. Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) have sliding fee scales for people up to 200% of poverty level. Perhaps one of the best healthcare programs in the United States, and not that many people know about it.

ALS Association’s Certified Centers and Clinics

Find an ALS center or clinic that is certified. The ALS Association is a non-profit dedicated to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (“Lou Gehrig’s disease”). They select, certify and support regional ALS centers and clinics they recognize as the best in the field; and which have neurological diagnostics and imaging, and available certain on-site licensed and certified ancillary services. As of October 2020, they listed 188 certified ALS clinics.

AMA Doctor Finder Editor's Pick

American Medical Association (AMA) Doctor Finder site provides information on members of the AMA first, but also lists information on non-member physicians. Site reports over 814,000 physicians listed, and if they are members of the AMA, shows a detailed profile with board certification as well as training. Click on non-members to see full list.  May show whether physician is Board-certified or not.

Ambulatory Surgery Average Charges in U.S. Hospitals, 2007

Find average charge for about 80 outpatient ambulatory surgery procedures done in hospitals in 2007 (excluding surgeon’s or other physician fees.) Consumers will need to adjust the 2007 prices to estimate 2020 costs; add at least 46% for a rough estimate. Overall average was $6,100, compared to nearly $40,000 for inpatient surgery. In today’s 2020 medical dollars, that would be about $9,000 vs. $58,000. Average colonoscopy & biopsy price in 2007 was $2,369; upper GI endoscopy $3,131; cataract & lens was $4,870; tonsillectomy $5,286; knee cartilage $7,357; hernia repair $8,187; outpatient gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) $10,838; breast biopsy $3,863; lumpectomy $7,458; ear tube surgery (myringotomy) $3,547; D&C $6,366; arthroscopy $8,970; incontinence procedures $9,929; varicose veins $8459; bunionectomy $7699; wrist fracture $7,807; $4,770 for circumcision. AHRQ Statistical Brief #86 published February 2010 unfortunately still has not been updated. No longer Editor’s Pick

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

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) – What is Your Doctor’s Specialty? Editor's Pick

Find out what your doctor’s specialty is by checking his/her certification at the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). ABMS is a highly-regarded, not-for-profit organization comprising 24 medical specialty boards, that oversees physician certification in the US. See whether your doctor is board-certified in his/her specialty (such as Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, etc.) and in his/her subspecialty (such as Cardiovascular Disease, Geriatric Medicine, Oncology, Endocrinology, Neonatal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, etc.) Click on Is Your Doctor Board Certified on the certificationmatters.org page (sponsored by abms.org). Registration (free) is no longer required, but well worth it if required in the future. We encourage visitors to use the site.

American Dental Association (ADA) Directory

Use the American Dental Association (ADA) Directory to find a dentist near you. This database helps you find a dentist who belongs to the American Dental Association. Brief listing shows name, practice specialty, location and contact information. Some listings show where the doctor received dental education, and which insurances are accepted.

American Hospital Directory – Outpatient Charges and Volumes (ahd.com) Editor's Pick

The American Hospital Directory at ahd.com shows average charge and average cost for many hospital outpatient services. Charges and average costs for the 20 outpatient Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs) that made up the highest Medicare outpatient payment to each hospital. Critical access hospitals are excluded. List varies by hospital. Top 20 procedures may include volume (number of claims) and cost for colonoscopy, laparoscopy, CT, MRI, clinic and emergency (ED or ER) visits, x-ray tests, upper GI, lower GI endoscopy, arthroscopy, cataract with lens, angiography, echocardiography, hernia repair, infusion therapy, nerve injection, observation services, outpatient cardiac catheterization, ultrasound. Scroll to bottom of the hospital page to find Outpatient Utilization Statistics. Some rural critical access hospitals may not show any outpatient test and visit prices. Also shown: inpatient market share by local zip code; net income. Link is to the Free Hospital Information

Assisted Living, Home Health, Nursing Home Average Costs 2019 (Genworth) Editor's Pick

What are the average costs for assisted living, home health, and nursing home care in 2019?  According to Genworth, the typical cost for home health aide in a licensed agency was $23 per hour nationwide (median). A homemaker cost was just slightly lower. A private one bedroom Assisted Living facility cost more than $48,000 per year ($4,051 per month), though it was $135,450 per year in Washington, DC. The Semi-private nursing home median room rate in the US was $247 per day (more than $90,000 for a full year); $280 per day for a private room. Rates vary greatly across the states.  In Alaska, the median price for a private room in a nursing home was a whopping $994 daily rate. Almost half (22) of the states and DC have an annual cost for a semi-private nursing home room at over $100,000 per year. All states listed; adult day care and homemaker rates also shown. Survey by Genworth Financial (CareScout) in May and June 2019; published October 2019

Average Health Insurance Cost, MEPS 2019, by State (KFF)

Find the average health insurance cost for each state in 2019. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) shows average Single,  Family and Employee Plus One health insurance premiums and deductibles using MEPS data for 2019. For US employer coverage, the average Single premium cost was $6,972 ($581 per month), and the average Family premium cost was $20,486. Average Family premiums topped $20,000 for the first time. Arkansas had the lowest Single premium rates ($6,054), followed by Mississippi ($6,199). Alaska had the highest average single premium cost at $8,933. Family rates were lowest in Alabama ($17,734); highest in Alaska ($22,969).

Deductibles: Single deductibles averaged $1,931, up 4.6%. Hawaii had the lowest single person deductibles again in 2019, averaging $1,264. Washington DC had an average $1,306 single deductible. These were the only two that had average deductibles under $1,500. The highest average deductible for a single plan topped $2,500 (Montana). Family deductibles averaged $3,655, ranging from $2,619 in Hawaii, to $4,615 in Tennessee.

Amounts paid by Employers: On average, employers paid 79% of the single premium cost, and paid 72% of the family premium. Employees paid the difference: 21% of single premium cost and 28% of the family monthly premium. See specifics in each state. MEPS is the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Updated September 2020.

Average Total Premiums and Employee Contribution, Selected Cities, 2019 Editor's Pick

The 2019 average health insurance premiums and amounts of employee contribution are shown for selected cities and metropolitan regions. MEPS table IX.A.2 shows annual premium costs for single, single-plus-one, and family coverage for private-sector businesses. Only 3 areas had average single premiums under $6,000 per year. Average single premiums in many parts of the country continue to exceed $8,000. Anchorage Alaska had an average single premium of $9,530. Lowest single rate $5,605 was in San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas. Average employee-plus-one premiums were over $11,000 across the US; just one exception was the San Antonio area, where premiums for employee-plus-one cost $10,894. The New Haven-Milford, Connecticut employee-plus-one rate topped $17,000. Family premiums were best in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA and Fargo, North Dakota at just over $17,000 per year. Family premiums were highest in parts of New Jersey, nearing $25,000. Average Single contribution was under $2000 across the US. Coverage levels and plan design will vary. Data from MEPS, the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Insurance Component.

Behavioral Health Facility Locator Editor's Pick

The Behavioral Health Facility Locator helps consumers find a treatment clinic or facility for mental health, alcohol, drug, and substance abuse treatment center “near me”. Search up to a 200-mile radius or more, including crossing state lines. The Detailed search allows specifying outpatient, inpatient, residential treatment, or a mix of mental health and substance abuse services, and permits a full national search. Site by the federal Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Best Cardiac Surgery Hospital Ratings STS – Society of Thoracic Surgeons Editor's Pick

If you’re looking for the Best Cardiac Surgery hospitals, consider these ratings by STS – the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Compare hospital ratings for cardiac surgery in your state. Many hospitals voluntarily report their results, which are posted here for adult coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), valve replacement, congenital heart surgery and lobectomy for lung cancer. Most results cover the time period through June 2019. Most hospitals get two stars for “as expected” performance. Outstanding hospitals get 3 stars; under-performing hospitals get 1 star. Search by state or name of hospital to find the best. Excellent website. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,500 surgeons and others dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other surgical chest procedures.

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

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have designated national Blue Distinction Centers meeting their standards and selection criteria for bariatric weight loss surgery, cancer care, 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,  maternity care, spine surgery, Substance Use Treatment and Recovery (new in 2020), cellular immunotherapy, and gene therapy for ocular disorders. Quality criteria can be found from the home page. In addition to Blue Distinction Centers, the Blue Distinction+ (Plus) designates high quality centers considered to have “more affordable care”. (No further information is available on prices.) Interactive database; updated 2020.

CareChex America’s Top Hospitals for Medical Excellence 2020

CareChex by Quantros lists the 2020 top hospital in each state for Medical Excellence. No methodology is shown at the website.  (Some of your questions may be answered by a chatbox person.) 2020 awards are based on data from CMS (from Oct. 2015 to Sept. 2018; HCAHPS patient satisfaction scores may or may not be included in the scoring). In addition, five health system were selected for excellence. Winners were announced Oct. 31, 2019. CareChex is a division of Quantros, a for-profit software solutions company. The company appears to be a competitor to HealthGrades or Watson Health (Truven).

Certified Mammography Facilities

Find certified mammography facilities near you. Searchable list of nearly 8,700 mammography facilities by zip code or state that are certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Certifying State. The facilities must meet baseline Mammography Quality Standards for equipment, personnel and practices. Use the complete state list (sort by city) if you want a mammogram in another zip code – or you will likely miss some nearby facilities. As of October 2020, just 75% of facilities had been inspected, likely slowed down due to the Covid pandemic; 87.5% had no violations, according to the MQSA Scorecard Statistics. About 40 million mammograms are done annually.

CMS Public List of Nursing Homes with Serious Quality Problems – SFF (2020) Editor's Pick

CMS lists nursing homes in any state and District of Columbia that have a history of serious quality problems. These Special Focus Facilities (SFF) have been officially entered into the federal government’s SFF program to monitor care. Homes on the list may have a history of “yo-yo” compliance, with a good survey followed by substandard quality on the next, thus unable to sustain good care. Some nursing homes are listed as Showing Improvement or having graduated out of the program. In addition, last year, CMS added hundreds of nursing homes (7 pages) that are candidates for the SFF program, based on quality issues over the prior 3 years. Up to 30 nursing homes per state are on the Special Focus Facility Candidate list. Updated July 29, 2020.

Commission on Cancer Hospital Locator – Accredited Cancer Programs

Commission on Cancer Hospital Locator shows Accredited Cancer Programs. The Commission on Cancer search tool helps you 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.

Compare Community Health Center ratings – FQHC Editor's Pick

Find and compare performance levels of nearly 1400 federally qualified community health centers (FQHCs) in each state. Together, they served nearly 30 million patients in 2019. Ratings on clinical measures include diabetes, hypertension, prenatal care, low birth weight, asthma, childhood immunizations, depression screening, weight management, dental sealants, cervical cancer screening and more. See Clinical Data section for three-year trends on “Awardees”. Altogether, the health centers have about 12,000 different sites across the US. They receive federal money to lower the price to low income patients. They are locally owned and managed. Services include primary medical care, dentist services, and mental health care. Excellent program if your community is lucky enough to have a community health center. UDS data from 2019.

Cost of Assisted Living, Home Health Aides, Nursing Homes (2015 Northwestern)

Northwestern Mutual surveyed assisted living facilities, home health agencies and Medicare-certified nursing homes in all states and DC in 2015. Average rate for assisted living was $4383 per month ($52,591 per year). Average daily rate for nursing home private room was $273 per day; home health aides averaged $26 per hour, but ranged from $18 per hour to $43/hr. depending on city

Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care highlights the wide variations in how health care is delivered across the United States. The project is run by Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School. Online tool provides comparisons by geographic region (state, HSAs-Hospital Service Areas, or HRR-Hospital Referral Region) for Medicare healthcare use (data through 2015). While the tool is relatively easy to use, the conceptual understanding of the reports requires technical sophistication. In 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days is shown for each region. A timelapse map of the growth in COVID cases in the US, total  cases and deaths are also shown by region.

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. Compare kidney dialysis centers from Fresenius, DaVita, US Renal Care, American Renal Association, Dialysis Clinic, Satellite Healthcare, Mayo, and more. They are all here. 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 vary (and are difficult to find), generally 2018 or 2018-2019. Resources on kidney failure and end stage renal disease (ESRD) also linked. Updated 2020.

Directories (MedlinePlus) Editor's Pick

The Directories website at MedlinePlus may be the only directory mega-list you will ever need. Directory links for doctors, dentists, hospitals, chiropractors, psychologists, hospice programs, and more. Extensive list of directories, although some sites only list those who are members of their association, and do not list others who may be licensed in that field. Specialized directories (e.g. Find an Eye MD, Directory of Asthma Camps, Sleep Centers, or Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers) can also be located here. Five pages of listings

Directory of America’s Hospitals: State-by-State Hospital Index Editor's Pick

Directory of hospitals in America is alphabetical; or search state-by-state. Comprehensive hospital index of over 6000 hospitals prepared jointly by the American Hospital Association and US News & World Report. Search by location. Descriptive information, and links to hospitals’ websites. Includes Guam, Puerto Rico. Well-maintained site

Doctor and Dentist Ratings and Reviews

Patients may review and rate anyone called Doctor (such as chiropractors and dentists) in the US and selected countries at this site: RateMDs.com. As of November 2020, few physicians had more than 30 patient ratings. Most physicians only have one patient rating. Doctors are rated on their staff, their punctuality, helpfulness and knowledge. Unable to sort list by rankings or number of ratings. Consumers may add a comment. Be VERY CAUTIOUS in using these ratings as the results may NOT be valid.

Estimates of Uninsured in Each County, US Census Bureau Editor's Pick

Estimates of the number and percent uninsured under age 65, by state and county for 2018, provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) released April 2020. Once you’ve located your counties of interest, click on it to see the actual numbers and recent trends. The first year that subsidized insurance was available on the health insurance exchange was 2014. Uninsured rates in the US declined steadily from 2013 when the uninsured rate was 16.8% through 2016 when it reached a low of 10.0%. Since 2016, the percent uninsured has crept up slightly to 10.4% in 2018. Compare your county’s rate to your state and the US.

Fertility Clinic Success Rates – ART Report (CDC) Editor's Pick

Find Fertility Clinic Success rates in ART clinics (Assisted Reproductive Technology) in the US and Puerto Rico.  This 585-page report is by the CDC in conjunction with Reproductive Medicine societies. Shows success rates by age of woman, and both fresh and frozen embryo transfers (nondonor and donor eggs). One-page summaries for each of 448 fertility clinics reporting 2017 data. Approximately 1.7% of all infants born in the United States every year are conceived using ART. Nationally, for women under age 35, 48.5% of transfers using their own eggs resulted in live births. Success rates declined with age of woman. Success rates for ART transfers using frozen embryos from a donor resulted in live births 46.5% of the time (women of all ages combined). In evaluating fertility clinics, consumers can see how large or small the reproductive program is in any state. Published Oct. 2019.

Find a Doctor at Physician Compare

Find a doctor at Physician Compare, a Federal government website at medicare.gov. Site lists many physicians by city and specialty, including podiatry. Not too much information, usually less than you get at a state’s licensing site. Maybe in the future it will contain useful quality comparisons. In addition, not all licensed physicians are included. Some nurse anesthetists, psychologists, social workers, therapists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants & audiologists may be included in the hospital profile under Affiliated Clinicians.

Find a Plastic Surgeon (ASAPS)

Use the online directory to find a board-certified plastic surgeon for your plastic surgery such as breast augmentation or breast reduction, eyelid surgery, facelift, botox or hyaluronic acid injection, laser hair removal, liposuction, nonsurgical fat reduction, nose surgery (rhinoplasty) or tummy tuck. Web site by The Aesthetic Society, also known as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

Find an Aging Life Care Professional

Find an Aging Life Care Professional, formerly called geriatric care manager. This national directory is easy to use, to help consumers and caregivers find an expert to assist in managing their loved one’s care. The Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) was formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, Inc.  Credentials of members listed will vary widely. The credentials of the Advanced Professionals may be the most useful. Not all areas of the US are covered.

Find an Oncologist American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Find a cancer specialist (oncologist) through the American Society of Clinical Oncology (cancer.net) ASCO website. Use the 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.

Find an Orthopedic Surgeon (Orthopaedist)

Find an orthopedic surgeon (orthopaedist) anywhere in the US. Easy-to-use site, by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Provides office location address.

Find Health Insurance Plan Finder Options and Costs – healthcare.gov Editor's Pick

Find Plan Finder options and costs for health insurance plans at healthcare.gov. This official health insurance exchange website helps small businesses and individuals know what health insurance options are available to them. These are private plans that are OUTSIDE of the health insurance exchange marketplace, and do not qualify for advance premium tax credit. Search by zip code. Can compare 3 companies or plans at once; approximate monthly premiums are shown. No recommendations or rankings. This list may help you get an idea of prices before talking with an insurance agent. From HHS at US government.

Find Health Insurance Plans and Prices on the Marketplace Exchange – healthcare.gov Editor's Pick

Find individual health insurance plan options and prices at healthcare.gov. This is the ONLY health insurance site to use if you want (and qualify for) the federal subsidies for affordable health insurance AND your state participates in the federal marketplace exchange. Compare plans on monthly premium prices, deductibles, plan features and star quality ratings. The federal marketplace exchange shows Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum metal levels. It first opened for 2014. People who don’t get subsidies can also choose a plan and enroll at healthcare.gov. Open enrollment for everybody (except Medicare) between November 1 and December 15, 2019 for 2020. Select Preview Now if you just want to scan the plans before you create an account. At minimum, enter your age, or you may get false prices. If you lose coverage during the year, you may also qualify to enroll outside of the Nov.-Dec. open enrollment. Links are provided to your state marketplace if your state has its own health insurance website. Editor’s Pick.

Government Employee Health Insurance Cost Comparisons (FEHB)

Health insurance cost comparisons for Federal government employees.  Compare the benefits, member satisfaction, and employee costs for all plans at once.  Consumers can also select 3 health insurance plans at one time to see out of network benefits.  Web site for Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program is from US Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Enrollee premium, deductible, copays and maximum out of pocket costs are shown. Search by zip code; choose local plans and/or national plans. Convenient and current for 2020. Helpful to federal employees and others. The amount that taxpayers and government institutions pay toward the total health care premiums is no longer readily available.

GuideStar.org – Form 990 and Executive Compensation, Nonprofits Editor's Pick

Check GuideStar.org to find executive compensation and other Form 990 information on nonprofit organizations. Free registration is required to access the basic database, but it is worth your time. GuideStar.org is a go-to source. Most tax-exempt nonprofits file a Form 990 with the IRS, which shows important financial information and executive compensation (or portion of executive comp) received from that organization. GuideStar reports having over 26 million annual searches conducted on 2.7 million nonprofits listed on GuideStar.

HCAHPS – Patient Satisfaction Scores for Hospitals 2019 Editor's Pick

Compare hospitals on patient satisfaction scores updated in 2019. Use the Find and Compare hospitals tab to view patient satisfaction HCAHPS survey ratings and opinions by hospital inpatients across the US. Side by side comparisons for 3 hospitals at a time, 2018 data. Find out how many patients would recommend their hospital, and the percent who give their hospital a 9 or 10 score. Voluntary hospital participation. Federal government oversees the HCAHPS survey process (H-Caps) – Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems

Health Insurance Company Rate Increases for 2021 Editor's Pick

Preview the health insurance company rate increases for 2021. Healthcare.gov reports the rate requests and final (not yet posted) rate increase or decrease for Jan. 1, 2021, by name of health insurance plan for both Individual policies and Small Group enrollment. Health plans on – and off- the health insurance exchange. Search by state, and look for increases effective January 1, 2021. Updated for 2021.

HealthGrades Women’s Care Health Awards – 2019

Find 2019 hospital awards for women’s health care from HealthGrades. HealthGrades lists its 5-star hospitals (Excellence Awards) in women’s care defined as labor & delivery maternity ratings, gynecologic procedures (such as hysterectomy) and Ob-Gyn services. HealthGrades used 2015-2017 “all-payer” data from 15 states for the awards in selected states. States include CO, FL, IA, MD, NV, NY, NJ, OR, PA, RI, TX, VA, WA, WI, and WV.

HealthInsight: National Rankings for Home Health Agencies (all states) Editor's Pick

HealthInsight provides national rankings for all home health agencies in the US. Overall composite home health ratings of quality and patient satisfaction are based on both quality and patient satisfaction. The rankings create a summary of 8 (minimum) to 16 measures of quality of care in 2017. The satisfaction summary is from the 25-question HHCAHPS survey, grouped into 5 measures of patient satisfaction in 2017-2018. Health Insight, composed of locally governed organizations in four western states, used the national CMS measures and data to develop a composite ranking. Easier to use than the federal CMS website, but less detail. Interactive tool allows very fast search by state. You must know the name of the agency, since you cannot search by zip code.

HealthInsight: National Rankings for Hospitals (all states)

Check HealthInsight (Comagine Health) to find national rankings for hospitals in all states. The overall hospital rankings are 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. Mortality and readmissions each contribute 10% to the rankings. Results shown by state. Easier to use than the federal HospitalCompare website, but less detail. Dates are from admissions primarily in 2018, pulled from CMS hospitalcompare in November 2019.

HealthInsight: National Rankings for Nursing Homes (all states)

Find national rankings for nursing homes (all states) by HealthInsight. Overall composite nursing home quality ratings based on a summary of 15 quality measures on over 15,000 nursing homes in 2019. Health Insight, developed by Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico, used the national CMS measures and data to develop a composite ranking. Easier to use than the federal CMS website, but less detail. Must know the name of the facility. The database is not searchable by city. Updated July 2020.

Home Health Compare – www.medicare.gov (all states) Editor's Pick

Home Health Compare is a free search tool from Medicare that gives detailed information about Medicare-certified home health agencies. Search by county or zip code and see performance scores related to home care services. Find the graphs to compare agencies on measures related to managing daily activities, pain, teaching patients or their caregivers, getting readmitted to the hospital and more. Five star rating system and actual scores. Patient satisfaction ratings included, with a national average of 78% who would recommend their agency. Report card shows 2017 or 2018 data.

Hospice – Find a Hospice (NHPCO)

Find a hospice or palliative care provider at this site by NHPCO. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the US. Their searchable database helps consumers find a member hospice, palliative care program or bereavement service.

Hospice Compare – medicare.gov (all states) Editor's Pick

Compare up to 3 hospices at a time at Hospice Compare by Medicare.gov.  Site currently reports performance on 7 quality measures related to patient preferences and quality of care in managing pain and treating symptoms, 2018 data. Family satisfaction is also reported, including family training and communication, emotional support, pain management, overall rating of the hospice and willingness to recommend the hospice (national average is 84% would recommend).  Site was new in August, 2017, and is updated quarterly by CMS. Search by zip code, state or city. All hospice agencies report, or face financial penalties. Published by the federal government. Excellent website.

Hospital Clinic and Office Visit Charges and Medicare Payments 2017

Find Hospital Clinic and Office Visit charges (average price) for 2017, and the payments that Medicare made. Find average charges for about 13,000 different codes (depending whether office or hospital facility-based).  National average prices are in the Procedure Summary file. Extremely difficult to use, even if somewhat familiar with using Excel files. File uses HCPCS codes. The most common codes were office visits 99213 (average charge about $134) and 99214 (average charge about $201). Medicare allowed about $71 for code 99213 and about $105 for 99214. Lab tests, x-ray, emergency department visits are in the file. Physician charges may be available in the Provider Summary Table. Calendar year 2017 data from CMS updated 2019.

Hospital Compare – 30-day Death Rates, Heart Attack, Heart Failure & CABG Editor's Pick

Find 30-day death rates for cardiac hospitalizations: heart failure, heart attack and CABG patients. Hospital Compare, the federal government site from CMS, shows whether hospitals meet expected 30-day survival rates for heart attack and heart failure Medicare cases. National death rates were 12.9% for heart attack, 11.5% for heart failure and 3.1% for CABG (heart bypass) surgery patients. Nationally, these rates improved over the prior 3-year period. Compare hospitals in your area. The number of hospitals that were significantly worse than the national value were 11 for heart attack, 146 for heart failure and 19 for CABG. Results updated 2019, 2015-2018 data

Hospital Compare – 30-day Death Rates, Pneumonia Patients Editor's Pick

Find 30-death rates for hospital pneumonia patients at Hospital Compare. Federal government site from CMS shows whether hospitals met expected 30-day survival rates for Medicare pneumonia patients. The national Risk-Adjusted death rates (mortality rates) were 15.6% for pneumonia. Of US hospitals measured and reported, vast majority were statistically no different than national average; 270 hospitals had worse survival rates; 264 had better survival rates. Find pneumonia mortality ratings under Complications and Deaths measures. Results use 2015-2018 data, updated 2019

Hospital Compare – 30-day Death Rates, Stroke Patients Editor's Pick

Find 30-day death rates for patients with stroke, at Hospital Compare. Select the Complications and Deaths tab after you’ve selected your hospitals. Federal government site from CMS shows whether hospitals met expected 30-day survival rates for Medicare stroke patients. The national Risk-Adjusted death rates (mortality rates) were 13.8% for stroke, an improvement over last year’s report. Of US hospitals measured and reported, vast majority were statistically no different than national average; 76 hospitals had worse survival rates; 46 had better survival. Results use 2015-2018 data, updated 2019

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.

Hospital Compare 30-day Death Rates, COPD Patients Editor's Pick

Find 30-day death rates for COPD patients at Hospital Compare.  Select the Complications tab after you’ve chosen the hospitals you want to compare. Federal government site from CMS shows whether hospitals met expected 30-day survival rates for Medicare COPD patients. The national Risk-Adjusted death rate (mortality rate) was 8.5% for COPD. Of US hospitals measured and reported, the vast majority were statistically no different than national average; 72 hospitals had worse survival rates; 58 had better than average. Ratings results use 2015-2018 data. Updated annually and each July

Hospital Rates of Scheduling Early C-Sections (Leapfrog)

Find hospital rates of scheduling early C-Sections, from Leapfrog. Compare hospitals on Early Elective Delivery and other Maternity measures. Goal was to reduce rates of scheduling C-Sections before the recommended 39 weeks, without a medically-indicated reason.  The best hospitals have a 0.0% rate. Medical experts recommend that babies need at least 39 completed weeks to develop fully, which includes having a fully developed brain and other organs. Unfortunately, many hospitals do not report. See Maternity results on the 2019 hospital survey by the Leapfrog Group

Hospital Ratings at HealthGrades (all states) 2020

HealthGrades Hospital Ratings (5-star, 3-star, 1-star) for 2020 on 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 2020 ratings are from Medicare patients, from 2016 to 2018. Patient satisfaction ratings (2018-2019 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.

Individual Employee Annual Health Insurance Premium Cost – 2018

Average health insurance premium cost was $6,715 per year (about $560 per month) in 2018 for an individual employee. See table of costs for single person policy. Costs are for employee enrollees. Only three states managed to come in, just barely, under $6,000 for a year for one person: TN, AR and MS. Employee contributions were the lowest in Hawaii at about $63 per month, and in Washington state, at about $80 per month. Employer contributions picked up the rest of the cost. Employees paid on average $159 per month in Massachusetts, the highest contribution. Average single employee contribution in US was about $119 per mo. ($1,427 per year) or 21% of the total premium; employers paid 79% of single coverage premiums on average. Compare how much a month health insurance costs in each state. Benefit coverage varies by state and policy. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) prepared the tables using MEPS data (Medical Expenditure Panel Study).

J.D. Power – 2019 Medicare Advantage and Commercial Plan Ratings – consumer opinions

J.D. Power and Associates selected Kaiser Foundation Health Plan as its top Medicare Advantage plan for 2019, the only plan to get a 5-star rating. Highmark came in second with 4 stars; Humana also rated 4 stars overall. Other Advantage plans compared (in order of preference) were Aetna, Centene, Anthem, UnitedHealthcare, and Cigna HealthSpring. Two stars went to WellCare, BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN. Commercial plan ratings are listed by state, for selected states only. Ratings factors were Overall member satisfaction (consumer opinions), Billing and payment, Communication, Costs, Coverage and benefits, Provider choice and Customer service.

Kaiser State Health Facts: Minority Health Uninsured Rates

Kaiser State Health Facts shows total uninsured and race/ethnicity minority comparisons for health insurance coverage and uninsured. Shows 2018 data, the fifth year of coverage through the Health Exchanges. Highest overall uninsured rates were in TX (20%); Florida and Oklahoma and Georgia tied for second worst at 16% uninsured; Mississippi followed with 15% uninsured. American Indian/Alaska Native uninsured was 22%; Hispanic uninsured was 19%; black uninsured was 11%, compared to 10% for US overall. This represented no improvement over 2017. White uninsured was 8%; Asian uninsured remained at 7%.

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. Other volume standards are also set for pancreatic resections and other cancer surgery. Info on infection rates and early elective cesarean deliveries are reported. Many, but unfortunately not all hospitals participate; easy to compare. Updated for 2019, but period covered is unclear. Leapfrog was a pioneer in getting ratings in the public eye. The 2020 survey will be shortened due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Leapfrog Top Hospitals for 2019 (December 2019)

Leapfrog named 120 hospitals to its 2019 Top Hospitals list, including 10 top children’s hospitals and 18 rural hospitals. Hospitals must have responded to Leapfrog’s Hospital Survey. Leapfrog Group is a large employer-based organization whose mission is to trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality and affordability of health care. The measures emphasize patient safety. Published December 2019.

Link to Your State Insurance Department Site (all states)

List of state Insurance Departments for all states. If you like to browse, your state’s site may have additional information about health insurance. These links are provided by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the organization of insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the other four U.S. territories. The NAIC site has a Consumer Information Source to find medical loss ratios, financial information, and complaint information on the exchange, HMOs and other health insurance plan providers.

List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE) – See Who is Excluded from Medicare Editor's Pick

The List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) is a Medicare fraud prevention site by the HHS Office of Inspector General. It allows consumer to search for a specific name of a person or business to see if they have been excluded from receiving payment from Medicare and Medicaid, due to license revocation, suspension or surrender; program-related fraud; patient abuse or neglect, and other reasons such as default on Health Education Assistance Loans. Exclusions Database contains physicians, nurses, nurses’ aides, hospital employees, pharmacists, nursing home operators and more. More than 72,000 names on the list as of October 2019.

Long Term Care Hospitals – Compare Quality Editor's Pick

Compare quality at long-term care hospitals for inpatient rehab in the US. Site is called Long Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Compare. These hospitals may also be referred to as long term acute care (LTAC) facilities. Compare 3 hospitals at one time, side by side, on quality measures for each hospital. Infections, complications, percent of staff that got their flu vaccination, effective care, and more. Graph view will show the actual performance results. Most data are from 2018 or 2019. Provided by Medicare.gov.

Medical Fitness Association: Find an MFA Facility

Find a medical fitness facility. The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) is a non-profit organization that tracks, supports and promotes the industry of medical fitness centers. Facility locator identifies centers worldwide. However, your state may not have any fitness centers that belong to the association. About 138 medical fitness facilities were listed in the US as of September 2020.

Medicare (Inpatient) Prices for Hospitalizations 2017

Medicare inpatient prices for hospitalizations during 2017 are in this difficult to use Excel file. Amounts paid to hospitals by Medicare, on average for FY 2017 hospital stays, are shown. Listed by DRG and provider, consumers can see the Medicare volume for that diagnosis and how much the hospital was allowed as Covered Charges, plus what Medicare payments were. If you can wade through it, you’ll see that total payments were quite often only one-fourth of what the covered charges were – a 75% discount. Hence, the file illustrates how hospital pricing has become meaningless for most people. Some examples are even more astounding. A heart transplant at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, had a average charge of $2.7 million, but total payment on average was just over $338,000, 13% of the total charges. That payment level for the 48 cases that year, reflects a hefty 87% discount.

Medicare Ambulatory Surgery Allowed Costs – 25 Commonly Performed Procedures

Medicare Ambulatory Surgery Allowed Costs are shown for 25 commonly performed procedures.  This file shows 25 procedure payments by Medicare and what they considered the Allowed Amount. It also shows average amounts Medicare paid to Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) facilities for selected outpatient surgery such as spinal injection (example: CPT code 62311 Medicare allowed $377, and paid $297), knee arthroscopy (CPT 29881 $1631 allowed), prostate needle biopsy (CPT code 55700 $670 average allowable cost; $530 average cost paid), simple cataract removal & lens insertion ($1679 allowed; Medicare paid $1339), bunion correction ($1825 allowed), crushing kidney stones ($2330 allowed), large bowel endoscopy ($586 allowed, plus $671 for removal of polyps), and more. Includes physician fees and payment to the ASC. Confusing file unless you know CPT codes and can use Excel files. Actual prices or charges are not shown. Unfortunately, this is the best of what’s out there nationally, with state average charges. Old 2012 data published Sept. 2013

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans – Premiums and Quality Ratings Editor's Pick

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans – Premiums and Quality Ratings for consumers. Compare the prices (monthly premium average cost) for prescription drug coverage through Medicare (medicare.gov) and see which plans have higher ratings. Uses a 5-star quality rating system that includes member satisfaction survey reports. The more accurate prices will be available if you create an account and log in. Part D plans for 2021 should be updated by early October, 2020, ahead of Medicare’s open enrollment October 15, 2020.

NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings and Report Card 2019-2020 Editor's Pick

NCQA ratings and report card for 2020 on health insurance plans. Compare quality ratings for HMOs and PPO health insurance plans. Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna, Humana, Kaiser, United Healthcare – they’re all here, as are many non-profit regional plans. Star ratings and number of enrollees shown for accredited commercial, Medicare and Medicaid plans. Five private commercial plans received the highest possible 5-point star rating:  two Capital District Physicians’ plans (CDPHP and CDPHN), Kaiser Foundation Mid-Atlantic States, and two Tufts plans (Tufts Associated HMO and Tufts Benefit Administrators).  Thirty-three (33) plans received ratings of 4.5 stars. NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance) is a private nonprofit organization that sets standards for quality of care and service that health plans provide to their members. NCQA Accreditation is a nationally recognized seal of approval. Updated for 2020

Nursing Home Compare (all states) www.medicare.gov 2019 Editor's Pick

Free 5-star ratings from Nursing Home Compare for nursing homes that are Medicare or Medicaid certified and provide skilled nursing care. Quality ratings, nursing staffing and CNA hours per resident day, and results from survey inspection reports are updated with 2019 data. If you cannot find the nursing home you’re interested in, the facility might not accept Medicare and Medicaid patients. New feature (red “hand” icon) shows if the nursing home was cited for abuse. Federal fines are listed, but no details available. Check your state reports for additional information. Consumers can also ask the nursing facility to share their reports on resident and family satisfaction. Good nursing homes welcome your inquiry

Nursing Homes & Assisted Living directory (members in LeadingAge)

Directory to help consumers find nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Browse this database of members in the LeadingAge (formerly American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, AAHSA) to find nursing homes, assisted living facilities, independent living, adult day care and home & community-based services. Shaped by not-for-profit values

Obesity Rates to 2018, CDC

State-by-state obesity rates for adults from 2016 to 2018. CDC collected prevalence data shown in the maps through CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Updated September 2019

Office Visit Costs Allowed by Medicare (2012)

Medicare reported its average allowed cost for established patients’ physician office visit in 2012: $69 for CPT code 99213 (the most common office visit), $102 for 99214. For new patients, office visit 99203 was $103, and 99204 was $158 Allowed by Medicare. More allowed costs and Medicare payments are shown, including ear wax removal ($49 allowed) and Annual wellness visit for new Medicare enrollees ($165 allowed, and $165 paid by Medicare). Average payments exclude the amount the patient pays directly for co-pays and deductibles. Consumers are expected to know CPT codes and how to use Excel files. 2012 data published Sept. 2013. No updates as of February 2020.

Organ Transplants – Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network

Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) is a secure transplant information database that has all national data on the candidate waiting list, organ donation and matching, and transplantation. Transplant survival rates on a regional basis (1-year, 3-year, 5-year) are compared to national; kidney, pancreas, liver, heart, lung, intestine. Blood type, age, sex and many other comparisons are available. Updated 2020 with 2015 survival data.  Volume of transplants by transplant center updated year-to-date 2020.

Palliative Care – Provider Program Directory

Hospitals with Palliative Care programs are listed in this provider directory by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) in conjunction with the National Palliative Care Registry. Palliative care specializes in the relief of the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness; it can be provided along with curative treatment.

Physician Payments: Average Medicare payment for 25 Common Office visits

Find out what Medicare paid for certain types of office visits and procedures in 2012. Average doctor’s price is NOT SHOWN, but only the allowed amount determined by Medicare, and how much Medicare paid on average (for every state). Must know how to use Excel files and billing code knowledge would also be helpful. Medicare paid $49 for a 99213 office code (15 minute office visit for an established patient) and $73 for a 25-minute office visit, and just $101 for a 60-minute visit (est. patients). If the patient was new, Medicare paid $73 on average for a 30 minute visit, and $116 for 45 minutes. Medicare’s annual wellness visit was paid at $165 for new enrollees, then $111 for subsequent annual visits. The most common EKG was paid at $14, ear wax removal at $36, pneumonia or annual flu shot at $23. Difficult file to use. Terribly dated; last updated Sept. 2013

Physician: Average Cost for 25 Common Ambulatory Surgery Center Procedures

Find the Allowed Medicare amounts (rather than prices) in the Ambulatory Surgery file for 25 Common high volume outpatient surgical procedures in an Ambulatory Surgery Center (not hospital-based). File shows what Medicare paid during 2012 for cataract surgery, different types of endoscopy, spinal injections, some hernia repairs, carpal tunnel release, kidney stone crushing, prostate biopsy (avg $530 paid on $670 allowable charge; full charge is not shown), correction of bunion, and more. Uses CPT codes, and all states are listed. Difficult file for consumers to use unless familiar with Excel. Terribly dated; last updated Sept. 2013. Federal government could show its commitment to price transparency by updating this file, and showing full sticker prices.

Premier 2019 QUEST Awards for High-value Healthcare

Premier selected 8 hospitals to receive the 2019 QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare. They achieved top performance in all five of the areas measured: cost, inpatient and outpatient evidence-based care, safety, patient experience and unplanned readmissions.

QIO Listings: Quality Improvement and Innovation Organizations

Find a list of Quality Improvement and Innovation Organizations – QIOs. The mission of the QIO program is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, economy, and quality of services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries. It has been modified to incorporate Quality Innovation Networks and complaints on behalf of patients and beneficiaries. Find a Quality Improvement Organization here, searchable by state. Updated 2020.

Rehabilitation Hospitals – CARF-Accredited Facilities

Find rehabilitation hospitals that are accredited by CARF – The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. CARF offers the ability to do an online search for accredited facilities with specific rehab programs you may be interested in. Select Program Focus to search for Addictions, Brain Injury, Mental Health, Opioids, Spinal Cord, Stroke Specialty Services, and more. Choose Age Group to search for older adult focus. Search engine is either simple (just put in state or zip code) or very complicated because of its detailed program choices. Updated 2020.

State Comparisons: Health Insurance Coverage of Nonelderly 0-64, by state (2018)

Have you ever wondered where the nearly 28 million people under age 65 and without health insurance are located, after the Marketplace Exchange went into effect? Kaiser Family Foundation shows the number uninsured (nonelderly, ages 0 to 64) by state, in 2018. Ten states make up 60% (over 16 million) of the US uninsured under 65: Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, Illinois, Arizona, Ohio and Virginia. KFF statehealthfacts.org updated 2019

State Comparisons: Percent of Smokers who Tried to Quit Smoking, 2018

Compare state by state map and table for percent of smokers who tried to Quit Smoking. Overall 57% tried to quit, US-wide according to the most recent (2018) data, down 2 percentage points from 2017. What is happening in your state? Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia (DC) had the greatest percentage trying to quit. Montana and South Dakota were the lowest in percent of smokers trying to quit smoking; though still, at 51%. Breakouts by racial groups are shown for each state. From the Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts.

State Health Departments – healthfinder®

List at healthfinder.gov – Links to all state health departments, compiled by the US Department of Health and Human Services

States with Adverse Event reporting systems

The most recent guide identifies 26 states and Washington DC that require adverse event reporting. (Texas has since instituted a preventable adverse event reporting system, in 2015.) The 2014 Guide to State Adverse Event Reporting Systems was prepared by the National Academy for State Health Policy, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice. Published Feb. 2015.

Surgeon Scorecard – Knees, Hips, Gallbladder, Spinal Fusion, Prostate Surgery, Medicare 2015

Surgeon Scorecard for knee, hip, gallbladder, spinal fusion and prostate surgery shows complications for each hospital and doctor. It compares individual surgeons’ complication rates (risk-adjusted) for Medicare patients having one of 8 types of inpatient surgery: hip or knee replacement, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, cervical (neck) or lumbar spinal fusion (either posterior or anterior technique), and prostate resection or removal. Analysis by ProPublica looked at billing records from 2009 to 2013. Numbers of cases shown are MEDICARE-ONLY (although the column title omits that point), and require at least 20 cases for a doctor’s rate to be shown. Physician’s rate combines his/her Medicare cases at all hospitals. Website was somewhat controversial in 2015. Tool is easy to use. Unfortunately, data have not been updated by ProPublica.

Top Critical Access, Rural and Community Hospitals in US, 2020

View the list of top critical access hospitals (CAHs), rural and community hospitals in the U.S.  Compiled by iVantage and Chartis Health for 2020. Methodology is not readily identified.

Top Dentists – by State, US

From usatopdentists.com, comes this list of top dentists in every state who received higher ratings in surveys of general dentists and specialists in all states. Search city-specific or statewide within a specialty (including General Dentistry.) Details on dates, methods and how many dentists responded to the survey are unclear (see Selection Process)

Transplant Waiting List Editor's Pick

Waiting list numbers of people waiting for a transplant: Kidney, pancreas, liver, intestine, heart, lung transplants. In June 2020, about 93,000 people were waiting for a kidney (19,000 in California alone) and 12,000 for a liver. Survival rates shown by age, sex and ethnicity.

Trauma Programs: Verified Trauma Centers (ACS)

Find hospital trauma programs that are Verified Trauma Centers by ACS. Level I, II and III Trauma Centers are listed here, by state (and other international locations), at the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) website. Trauma Center designation is a voluntary process that hospitals may choose to pursue for Adult and/or Pediatric care. Level I is the highest level of five levels. A description of what’s expected to be available at each level can be found at amtrauma.org.

USNews.com America’s Best Hospitals 2019-2020: Honor Roll (21)

USNews.com identifies America’s Best Hospitals on the 2019-2020 Honor Roll. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston) and Johns Hopkins (Baltimore) top the list of 21 US hospitals identified (from 4,653 nationwide), who rank favorably in multiple specialties. Check the details to see specifics for a certain illness, since one hospital may not be ranked (by US News) as best in everything. Methodology report shows how the hospitals scored. Survival rate (30-day mortality rate) for Medicare patients and Patient Safety are two factors used in the rankings for most of the specialties. Reputation used for Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation and Rheumatology. 2019-2020 ratings use Medicare data from 2015-2017

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2019-2020: Cancer Rankings

Best Hospitals Cancer rankings for 2019-2020 from usnews.com. US News & World Report again named University of Texas MD Anderson (Houston, TX) and Memorial Sloan-Kettering (New York) as its 2019-2020 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 Medicare cases was 227 (over 3 years, 2015-2017).

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2019-2020: Cardiology and Heart Surgery

Who are the best hospitals in cardiology and heart surgery for 2019-2020, according to the usnews.com rankings?  The top of the Cardiac specialty list are Cleveland Clinic (Ohio) and Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN). Top 50 hospitals ranked. See if there is one in your state. Rankings include survival ratings using Medicare data from 2015 to 2017. Hospitals ranked higher if they participated in public transparency reporting by the medical professional societies. Minimum volume of 1,931 Medicare cases over 3 years.

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2020-21: Pediatric and Children’s Hospitals

US News & World Report’s top pediatric hospitals for 2020-2021. Best children’s 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 (second), and Cincinnati Children’s (third). List called Best Children’s Hospitals updated June 2020. Detailed hospital scores for individual measures such as survival, are in the Methodology report. Consumers can compare children’s hospital scores side-by-side.

usnews.com: Best Medicare Advantage Health Insurance Company 2020 Rankings

What are the best Medicare Advantage Health Insurance companies for 2020, according to usnews.com? Medicare Advantage health insurance companies are shown by state if their plans – together, across the state – have achieved an average of 4.5 of 5 stars by Medicare.  Uses Medicare’s 2020 Star Ratings. Advantage plans combine Part A and Part B. Not every state has a highly rated company. For example, there is no top Medicare Advantage company in Arizona…home to nearly 1.3 million seniors. Announcement made in October 2019 by U.S. News & World Report

usnews.com: Best Medicare Part D (Drug) Health Plans 2020 Rankings

USnews.com lists Best Medicare Part D (drug) health plan rankings for 2020. Just 12 companies had plans that earned on average, 4.5 or 5 stars from Medicare for Part D (drug) coverage. Eleven companies are some form of Blue Cross drug plan, the other is WPS Health Insurance in Wisconsin. Uses the CMS Star Ratings.

VA (veterans) Hospitals and Clinics – Wait Times, Satisfaction and Quality Scores Editor's Pick

Compare VA hospitals and clinics on wait times, patient satisfaction and quality scores. Detailed ratings on all of the Veterans Health Administration hospitals using current data. Easy to compare waiting time and access for VA clinics in your area, crossing state lines. Very quick to find how long you might have to wait for primary care, mental health, or other specialty appointments. Satisfaction ratings, and ratings of outpatient care (depression, heart care, diabetes, cancer screening, smoking cessation, flu vaccination). Access and waiting times are updated for 2020. For comparisons to private hospitals and nursing homes, the VA provides links to the federal HospitalCompare and NursingHomeCompare sites. Website is very user friendly for all types of VA clinics, hospitals, nursing homes. Editor’s Pick.

VA Hospital, Medical Facility Inspection Reports

Find VA hospital and medical facility inspection reports. The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) makes its VA Medical Center inspection reports available online. Types of reports include audits, healthcare investigations, inspections and more. Outpatient clinics and nursing homes are included. Listed by date; use filters on right within each category to select location. Updated 2020.

VA Medical Facilities Locator & Directory – Veterans

Easy to use directory to look up a VA medical facility. The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a convenient search tool to find the location of medical facilities such as hospitals and clinics. Facilities in the US, American Samoa, Philippine Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands are all listed.

Walmart’s $4 and $10 Generic Drugs (Some will cost more) – Self-Reported

Check Walmart’s cost for some generic drugs for $4 or $10, although some will cost more. Walmart has implemented a limited-scope program for about 30 generic drugs (with multiple drug/dose combinations) offered at a $4 price for a 30-day supply, or $10 for 90 day supply. About 60 other drugs are listed for $9 or $15 for a 30 day supply. The 90-day supply prices for those drugs are $24, and $38. Albuterol HFA is listed for $24 for a 30-day supply. If dosage is higher for any listed drug, the cost will be higher. Available in all states except North Dakota. However: Due to FAIR PRICING laws in CA and MN, many drugs will carry higher prices, or may not be available. Other states may also carry higher prices. Revised price list dated June 2020.

Watson Health (Truven) 100 Top Hospitals – 2020 National Winners

Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) list names top 100 hospitals in categories according to size and teaching status using Medicare data primarily from 2017 and 2018, other publicly reported (at HospitalCompare) patient satisfaction scores and results such as mortality rates, readmissions, ER times and spending. While no data are shown for individual hospital performance, Watson Health makes a case that as a group these hospitals outperform their peers in quality and efficiency (lower expenses). Free report shows winners’ names only; some winners received the Everest Award for also improving at the fastest rate over the long term. Methodology examines survival, complications and readmissions, patient recommendations; efficiency and profitability. Published June 2020 by IBM Watson Health.

Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals – 2021

Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) 2021 selection of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals. Top selected hospitals with significant heart care programs are listed in categories: teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residencies, teaching hospitals without such residencies, and community hospitals. List only, organized by state; study primarily used Medicare data from 2018 and 2019. It examined both clinical outcomes (e.g. survival or mortality, complications, readmissions) and efficiency measures. Released November 2020 by IBM Watson Health.

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