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Hospital ratings and rankings online

There are a number of organization that rate hospitals.  These rating systems use different factors, some, for instance, might be SAFETY, while others may be FINANCIAL.  Here are several of the organizations that you can look at their rankings for your own needs.  Pat Lynch

Hospital Compare. Hospital Compare is run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and uses data collected by hospitals, allowing consumers to compare performance measure information related to heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgery and other conditions, as well as view patient survey results, timeliness of care at emergency departments, readmission rates, mortality rates, use of medical imaging, Medicare volume and quality and payment. This data is often used by other hospital rating sites. Site: www.cms.gov

The Joint Commission’s Quality Check. This site from The Joint Commission gathers information from direct observation of the commission as well as through accredited organizations for performance measure data. The site shows which hospitals are accredited for what and which has earned Top Performer on Key Quality Measures awards from The Joint Commission, as well as which hospital has the Magnet award from the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Site: www.qualitycheck.org

Leapfrog Group. Leapfrog offers two different ratings – its Hospital Safety Score that focuses on patient safety, and its hospital survey results that include information on patient experience/communication, care of specially-trained doctors, reporting of serious events and maternity care. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score uses CMS data, and the hospital survey results include data from Leapfrog’s own voluntary survey of hospitals. Site for Hospital Safety Score: www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Site for hospital survey results: www.leapfroggroup.org

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals. The magazine uses data from nearly 5,000 hospitals and results from surveys of physicians to rank hospitals in 16 adult specialties, both regionally and nationally, including cancer, diabetes, geriatrics, gynecology, orthopedics, rehabilitation and urology, as well as separate rankings for children’s hospitals and “common care” ratings on heart care and hip and knee replacement. Site: http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings

Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. PHC4 is an independent state agency that works to contain costs by stimulating competition in health care and providing comparative information about performance measures and costs of procedures. The council collects more than 4.5 million inpatient hospital discharge and ambulatory/outpatient procedure records each year from hospitals and freestanding ambulatory surgery centers for the reports that share data on costs, readmission rates and mortality rates. The council is funded through the state budget and receives revenue through the sales of its data to health care stakeholders. Site: www.phc4.org

HealthInsight. This private, nonprofit uses publicly reported data from CMS’ Hospital Compare website to show overall rankings with weighted information on how often hospitals provide recommended treatments with the best results, as well as information on patient experience. Site: http://healthinsight.org

Becker’s Hospital Review. Becker’s Healthcare offers business and legal information regarding the health care industry. Content is geared toward hospital leaders in its print and online issues, but it also offers a 100 Great Hospitals in America list that is developed by examining other sites – U.S. New & World Report, Healthgrades, Truven Health Analytics, Leapfrog Group and Magnet. Site: www.beckershospitalreview.com

Truven Health Analytics. Truven uses Medicare Provider Analysis and Review, Medicare Hospital Cost Report Information System and CMS Hospital Compare for its 100 Top Hospitals ranking. Turven also has a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals list and 15 Top Health Systems list. The scorecard for hospitals in this list include performance measures that may be expanded in the 2016 list, which will be released Feb. 29. Site: http://100tophospitals.com

MPIRICA Health Analytics. MPIRICA is one of the few sites that, in addition to offering Hospital Quality Scores, also offers quality scores for individual surgeons and surgical groups. The Surgeon Quality Scores are available only on a subscription basis – free for employers and paid for individuals, with a special price for AARP members. The Hospital Quality Scores, however, are free, and focus on surgical procedures. MPIRICA notes that no surveys were used in the methodology – only data on outcomes is used. Site: www.mpirica.com

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