Compare Your Hospital

My friend sent me an interesting public web page created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) called Hospital Compare. They report on hospital quality of care based on how often these hospitals provide certain recommended care for adult patients being treated for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, or adult patients having surgery.

Participating acute care and critical access hospitals voluntarily submit their data on treatment from medical records. Information is not gathered on children’s, rehabilitation, or long-term care facilities.

The information is useful to patients anticipating hospital care and also encourages hospitals to improve their quality of care. Transparency in health care is important and I applaud the effort of the HQA and CMS for making this informative website available to the public.

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5 Responses to Compare Your Hospital

  1. dave love says:

    are there Yelp.com entries for hospitals? i am interested if we can ground truth hospital compare with another source.

  2. dave love says:

    a quick search showed that people in the SF area are rating their hospitals on Yelp.com, though there are not many posts (<100 per hospital). Yelp.com for restaurants, even bad ones, have many more ratings per place.
    http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=hospital&ns=1&rpp=10&find_loc=san+francisco%2C+CA

  3. Amanda says:

    I wonder if there is also some kind of comparison tool based on information gathered by researchers rather than information voluntarily submitted by the hospital? It’d be interesting to compare the results between the two tools.

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  5. cathy RN says:

    I have been doing this type of survey for about a year as a Patient Advocate Volunteer. Generally the patients seem very pleased to be asked their thoughts and observations. They often offer constructive criticism. My particular hospital seems to be paying attention.
    BUTcould all this attention to patient surveys have something to do with being paid by the Government if the survey scores are good?

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