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Health Insurance Company Rate Increases over 10%  Editor's Pick

Healthcare.gov now reports names of health insurance plans who are requesting rate increases of 10% or more for individual policies or small group health plans. Updated for 2016

Top Dentists - by State, US

From usatopdentists.com, comes this list of dentists 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 methods and how many dentists responded to the survey are somewhat unclear (see Selection Process)

Colorado - Directory of Health Facilities

Lists of Assisted Living facilities, nursing homes, ambulatory surgery centers, birth centers, hospitals, home health and hospice agencies, chiropractic centers, mental health centers, dialysis treatment centers, physical therapy clinics, outpatient rehab, rural health clinics and more. View List to find rosters and addresses only, or click Get Detailed profile to see inspection reports, complaints, etc.

Colorado - Physician Profile Web Lookup

Revised website to check your doctor's credentials, by CO Dept. of Regulatory Agencies (Division of Registrations). Shows license expiration date, board certification, hospital affiliations and contracts, ownership interests in surgery centers, any disciplinary or malpractice history, and links to reports showing surrender of license. May search by city. The old Automated Licensure Information System Online (ALISON) is still operational (June 2009), but contains less information on most physicians, than this new database

Colorado 2010 Hospital Charges & Length of Stay (pdf)

Find 2010 average charges (prices), a likely range of costs, number of patients and average length of stay by CO hospital name, for 35 common inpatient medical conditions and surgical procedures. Excludes doctors' fees and outpatient surgery. Shown by region, e.g. Denver area. At the end of each category (APR-DRG), statewide total averages are shown. You may read the pages free on online, but to be able to print any page, you may have to purchase the $250 report (338 pages). Published by the Colorado Hospital Association Aug. 2011

Colorado Health Facilities & Home Health - Complaints, Occurrences, Surveys

Shows complaints, inspection surveys, and adverse events that must be reported to the state for all types of facilities licensed by Colorado, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living residences, ambulatory surgery, birth centers, chiropractic centers, dialysis clinics, hospice and home health agencies, outpatient physical therapy, adult day programs, mental health clinics, portable x-ray services, trauma center. State government website by the CO Department of Public Health and Environment

Colorado Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2010-2011

Compare CO health plans on consumer member satisfaction (CAHPS), NCQA accreditation and clinical scores (HEDIS) for Heart, Diabetes, Blood pressure, Cholesterol, Cancer screening, prenatal care, immunizations, mental health. HMO and PPO Plans: Aetna, CIGNA, Denver Health, HMO-Colorado (Anthem Blue Cross BlueShield), Humana, Kaiser Permanente, PacifiCare, Rocky Mountain, and United Healthcare. Sample prices for knee MRI & Back CT are shown. Click on smaller report. Published by Colo. Business Group on Health (CBGH) 2011

Colorado Hospital & Ambulatory Surgery Infection Rates 2011 (pdf)

CO Dept. of Public Health (CDPHE) reports 2009-2010 patient infections acquired in health facilities, including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis centers). Infection Rates are compared to national average, on surgical site infections for cardiac bypass, hip replacement, knee replacement surgery, inpatient & outpatient hernia repair, catheter associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in adult or neonatal ICU, critical care units & long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs), and dialysis treatment centers (DTCs). Hospital list starts on page 25 (of 127) in 2011 Annual Report, pub. Jan. 2011

Colorado Hospital Quality Ratings, Report Card

Colorado Hospital Association website shows hospital-specific data on mortality (survival rates) and volume. Mortality Measures show survival rate information for heart care (heart failure, PTCA angioplasty, heart attack AMI, or cardiac bypass CABG), pneumonia, stroke, neck artery surgery (CEA) hip replacement, hip fracture, bleeding stomach (GI), or craniotomy. Compare CO hospitals on Patient Safety bedsores (pressure sores/ decubitus ulcer), post-surgical blood clots (DVT, PE), and sepsis (bloodstream infections). Volumes for four procedures (cardiac bypass, PTCA, carotid endarterectomy, and AAA [abdominal aortic aneurysm]) where quality has been associated with higher volumes also shown, although the desired volume levels are not given. Risk-adjusted 2010 data, all patients

Colorado Hospitals - Occurrence & Complaints Database

The Colorado Department of Public Health provides a website where each reportable Occurrence (such as adverse events) for many types of health facilities is documented and open for review. Complaints from patients, including those found to be unsubstantiated, are also noted. This link is for hospital information - acute care, psychiatric, rehab, long-term hospitals, and trauma centers. Current to 2012

Colorado Nursing Homes - Occurrence Reports & Complaints

Detailed information, including Occurrences and Complaints. Reportable occurrences include unexplained deaths, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, life-threatening complications of anesthesia, life-threatening transfusion errors/reactions, severe burns, missing persons, physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, misappropriation of property, diverted drugs and malfunction/misuse of equipment. Health facilities must report these occurrences within one business day. Updated 2012

Compare Community Health Center ratings

Find performance levels of about 1200 community health centers by state, on clinical measures: diabetes, hypertension, prenatal care, low birth weight, childhood immunizations and cervical cancer screening. UDS data from 2010, no update readily available

Government Employee Health Insurance Cost Comparisons (FEHB)

Web site from US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) helps federal employees and others compare the benefits, member satisfaction, and employee costs of up to 4 health insurance plans at one time. Search by zip code; choose local plans and/or national plans. Convenient and current. The amount that taxpayers and government institutions pay toward the total health care premiums is no longer readily available

HealthGrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award (TM) (selected states)

HealthGrades gave excellence awards to hospitals in 13 states for top quality in Bariatric surgical procedures such as gastric bypass and Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy; 13 states were studied (CO, FL, IA, IL, MD, NY, NV, OR, PA, RI, TX, WA and WI). Volume, survival rates, complication rates and length of stay were studied using 2011-2013 data. Pub. 2015

Hospital Rates of Scheduling Early C-Sections (Leapfrog)

Compare hospitals on their rates of scheduling C-Sections before the recommended 39 weeks, without a medically-indicated reason. Medical experts recommend that babies need at least 39 completed weeks to develop fully, which includes having a fully developed brain and other organs. Remarkable improvement in 2013 and 2014, compared to 2010. Still, some hospitals do not follow this guideline. 2014 hospital survey by the Leapfrog Group, updated 2015

Mountain States Genetics Network

Resources for the diagnosis and management of genetic disorders, including an online directory of genetic support groups. Focus is on services in eight states: AZ, CO, MT, NM, NV, TX, UT and WY

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 2013, provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) released March 2015. Once you've located your counties of interest, click on TABLE to see the actual numbers. Remember 2013 is before subsidized insurance was available on the health insurance exchange.

Poudre Valley Health System - 2008 Baldrige Award Winner

Poudre Valley Health System (PVHS), headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, received the 2008 Baldrige Quality Award, announced November 2008. Poudre Valley reports strong accomplishments in hospital quality, price, patient and physician satisfaction, financial stability and more. Two-page overview

Poudre Valley Health System - Application for 2008 Baldrige Award (pdf)

The full Malcolm Baldrige Application (62 pages) from the healthcare winner in Fort Collins, CO. Results in category 7 (page 44 of the pdf)

County Health Rankings 2015 - All States  Editor's Pick

Compare your county health status to the rest of your state, on smoking, obesity, alcohol use, preventable hospital admissions, primary care provider rate, percent uninsured, motor vehicle crash rate, dental visit, access to healthy foods, liquor store density. Very interesting information. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Univ. of WI Population Health Institute

Health, United States Chartbook for 2014 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

Annual report on trends in health statistics from the publication Health, United States, 2014 edition, by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Report chartbook contains text and figures showing major trends in the health of Americans; special section on people ages 55 to 64; 123 tables. Published online by CDC May 2015; 473 pages

Kaiser statehealthfacts.org: Individual State Profiles

Compare states on health status, health insurance coverage, costs, minority health, and more. Shows links to state government. From the Kaiser Family Foundation; 2013 data, or older

State Scorecard 2014: Access, Quality, Costs, Health

All states are ranked by The Commonwealth Fund in this State Scorecard on Health System Performance - Aiming Higher. Interactive database to see just your state. Better yet, check out who is at the top of the list: Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Hawaii, Connecticut, Maine, Wisconsin, Delaware and Iowa. Data periods vary; most are current to 2012; one measure to 2013; 42 measures

State-by-State Snapshots, 2014 (AHRQ)

State Snapshots show strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement in health and healthcare, based on data from the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR). How does your state rate? Released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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2007 Guide to State Adverse Event Reporting Systems (NASHP)

State Health Policy Survey Report provides a snap shot of the scope and operations of state government adverse event reporting systems as of 2007. At that time, four states (CO, IN, MN and NY) reported facility-specific data online. 20 pages, published by National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), Portland, Maine, December 2007

Accredited Ambulatory Health Care and Surgery Centers (AAAHC)

The nonprofit Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) currently accredits over 6000 organizations in a wide variety of ambulatory health care settings, including ambulatory and office based outpatient surgery centers, IVF clinics and specialty clinics. Consumers can specify Student Health Center, Endoscopy center, Indian health center, military health care facility or ambulatory surgery center under Organization Type. (See also Joint Commission site for hospital-owned ambulatory surgery center accreditation.)

Accredited Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)

Browse the news releases to find outpatient surgery facilities accredited by the nonprofit American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery (AAAASF). Over 2200 facilities are reportedly accredited, and include cosmetic and plastic surgery centers, & endoscopy centers. No database. Consumers may wish to read about the standards

Accredited Chest Pain Centers - Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC)

List of Accredited Chest Pain Centers - some with 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. Shows location of each hospital. Provided by the nonprofit Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC)

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

The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO - Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accredits hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Quality Check provides accreditation and comparison information for hospitals, home health/hospice, laboratories, some nursing homes & assisted living centers, and other health care services. Click on View Accreditation Quality Report to see actual scores for acute care hospitals 2014-2015

Accredited Hospitals - Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program

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

Acupuncture Referral Service - Find an acupuncturist

List of acupuncturists 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

ALS Association's Certified Centers

The ALS Association is a non-profit dedicated to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ("Lou Gehrig's disease"). They select, certify and support regional ALS institutions 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

AMA Doctor Finder  Editor's Pick

American Medical Association 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 shows board certification as well as training. However, you may not find all doctors who are not members of the AMA, nor those not Board-certified.

Ambulatory Surgery Average Charges in U.S. Hospitals, 2007  Editor's Pick

Find average prices (mean charge) for about 80 outpatient ambulatory surgery procedures done in hospitals in 2007 (excluding surgeon's or other physician fees.) Average colonoscopy & biopsy price was $2369; upper GI endoscopy $3131; cataract & lens was $4870; tonsillectomy $5286; knee cartilage $7357; hernia repair $8187; outpatient gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) $10,838; breast biopsy $3863; lumpectomy $7458; ear tube surgery (myringotomy) $3547; D&C $6366; arthroscopy $8970; incontinence procedures $9929; vericose veins $8459; bunionectomy $7699; wrist fracture $7807; $4770 for circumcision. Consumers will need to adjust the 2007 prices to estimate 2010 facility costs; 2007 prices for many surgeries were up 25% to 41 percent over 2003 prices. Overall average was $6100, compared to nearly $40,000 for inpatient surgery. AHRQ Statistical Brief # 86 is based on 28 states (2/3 of US population) published February 2010

America's 50 Best Hospitals list (Medicare) 2016 (pdf)

HealthGrades choice for the top 50 hospitals and 100 best in the US, based on clinical quality for Medicare patients over 3 years ending 2014. List shows which hospitals have held clinical distinction for 3 years, and those for 6 consecutive years. They examined complication rates or survival rates for 30 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)

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

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 Certified on the left of the certification matters.org page (sponsored by abms.org). Registration (free) is required, but in many years of using this site, the editor has found no down-side to it & would encourage visitors to use the site

American Dental Association (ADA) Directory

Database to help you find a dentist who belongs to the American Dental Association. Shows only name, location and contact information

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

Charges and average costs for the 20 outpatient Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs) representing the highest Medicare outpatient payment to each hospital (excluding critical access hospitals). List varies by hospital. May include: cost for colonoscopy, laparoscopy, CT, MRI, clinic and emergency (ER) visits, x-ray tests, upper GI, lower GI endoscopy, arthroscopy, cataract with lens, angiography, echocardiography, hernia repair, infusion therapy, nerve injection, outpatient cardiac catheterization, ultrasound. Scroll to bottom of the hospital page to Outpatient Utilization Statistics. Also shown: inpatient market share by local zip code; net income. Link is to the Free Hospital Information

Assisted Living - General Costs 2012 (MetLife survey)  Editor's Pick

Annual Survey of assisted living costs finds annual average costs rose 2.1% to $42,600 ($3550 per month). Variation by city from average cost per month of $2355 (parts of Arkansas) to $5933 (Washington, DC). Very few markets have an average price under $2500. About 51% provided Alzheimer's and dementia care, with 61% charging an additional add-on fee for memory care; average base rate rose to $57,684 per year ($4807 per month). November 2012

Assisted Living Federation of America - ALFA Provider Database

Directory size is unknown, relative to all the Assisted Living providers that are licensed by the 50 states, but this may be a helpful starting point. ALFA members are listed first and have detailed profiles; other assisted living facilities show name and city only

Assisted Living, Home Health, Nursing Home Average Costs 2011 (Genworth)  Editor's Pick

Average cost for home health aide in a licensed agency was $19 per hour nationwide. A private one bedroom Assisted Living facility rose 2.4% to cost more than $39,000 per year ($3261 per month). Semi-private nursing home room rate was $193 per day, with Alaska at a whopping $609. Skilled nursing home private room averaged $213 per day in the US. All states listed; average adult day care and homemaker rates also shown. Survey by Genworth Financial (CareScout) between January and March 2011; published April 2011

Average Health Insurance Cost by State (AHIP)

Find out what the average annual health insurance premium cost used to be for your state. Report by America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a trade association, pub. Nov. 2007, using what appears to be 2006 data on premiums

Average Total Premiums and Employee Contribution, Selected Cities, 2008  Editor's Pick

The 2008 average health insurance premiums and amount of employee contribution for single, single-plus-one, and family coverage by selected cities and metropolitan regions, or remainder of state shown in this MEPS table of costs for private-sector businesses. Average single premiums in many parts of the country now exceed $5000 including Alaska, New Haven CT, parts of Massachusetts, NH, Charleston WV, and Milwaukee. Lowest rates of $3405 in selected areas of Hawaii, $3639 in Kansas City, MO, and $3708 in Provo Orem Utah which also had the lowest for average single-plus-one premiums ($6454). Family premiums were best in New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner LA ($10,025) and Provo UT; highest in out-state Minnesota ($15,010)and New Haven-Milford CT ($14,840). Portions of CA, NH, WV and Milwaukee metro exceeded $14,000. Coverage levels and plan design will vary.

Behavioral Health Facility Locator  Editor's Pick

Find a treatment clinic or facility for mental health, alcohol, drug, and substance abuse treatment. 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. May filter out smoking or nonsmoking locations. Site by the federal Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Best and Worst Hospitals for Mortality: Heart care, Pneumonia (USA TODAY)

USATODAY.com published the federal government's list of hospitals that stand out for delivering better survival rates for heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia care, and those who score significantly worse in 30-day death rates. Actual mortality rates shown for Medicare patients, using data from 2006 to 2007. Very easy for consumers to read, but outdated. Pub. Aug. 20, 2008

Blue Distinction Centers: Cardiac, Cancer, Hip, Knee, Spine, Bariatric Surgery, Organ Transplants

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have designated national Blue Distinction Centers meeting their standards and selection criteria for bariatric surgery, cardiac (heart) care, organ transplants (e.g. bone marrow/stem cell, heart, lung, liver, pancreas transplants), total knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and hospitals for 13 Complex and Rare Cancers (e.g. pancreatic, liver, bladder, brain, bone, esophageal, leukemia, rectal, thyroid cancer, head & neck, gastric). Detailed quality criteria are not readily disclosed. Lists organized by state for each specialty; updated 2015

CareChex America's Top Quality Hospitals 2015

Lists of top 10% hospitals in specialties such as cancer care, cardiac surgery, inpatient gall bladder surgery, GI care, general surgery, hip fractures, joint replacement, organ transplants, spinal fusion, stroke care, and more. Methodology does not disclose dates covered by the data. Announcing award-winning hospitals requires license fee to be paid. CareChex is a division of Comparion Medical Analytics, a for-profit information company, which appears to be a competitor to HealthGrades

Certified Mammography Facilities

Searchable list of 9000 mammography facilities by zip code or state that are certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Certifying State as meeting 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. Updated 2009

Clinics for Underserved Populations (HRSA)  Editor's Pick

List of federally funded community health centers that provide primary 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

CMS Public List of Nursing Homes with Serious Quality Problems (2-16-2012)  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. Updated Feb. 2012

Commission on Cancer Hospital Locator - Accredited Cancer Programs  Editor's Pick

American College of Surgeons offers the Commission on Cancer - Find Treatment Centers - Search by zip code (or city and state) and up to a 50 mile driving distance. Click on Annual Caseload to find volumes for different types of cancer treated, and Stage of cancer. More than 1,400 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 Hospitals at Why Not the Best? (IPRO)  Editor's Pick

If you could choose only one website to check hospital ratings, this might be it. Shows trends and in many cases which hospital has the best performance in the country. Currently using 2014-2015 data for most measures. Some measure are older. Heart care, pneumonia, surgery, patient satisfaction, survival rates (mortality) and more. Trends are shown for many hospitals, and you might be able to find Top Performers in the country at this website. Operated by IPRO

Cost of Assisted Living, Home Health Aides, Nursing Homes (2010 Northwestern)

Northwestern Mutual surveyed assisted living facilities, home health agencies and Medicare-certified nursing homes in about 100 major metro regions in all states and DC. in April-May 2010. Average rate for assisted living was $3295 per month ($39,536 per year). Average daily rate for nursing home care was $247 per day; home health aides averaged $22 per hour, but could be found as low as $9 or less per hour or well over $90/hr. depending on city. Caution: cities are not listed in alphabetical order, so be patient in finding your region. Full report (147 pg) published June 2010

Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

The project, run by Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School, highlights the wide variations in how health care is delivered across the United States. Online tool provides comparisons by geographic region (HSAs or HRR) for Medicare healthcare use (data through 2005). While the tool is easy to use, the conceptual understanding of the reports requires technical sophistication

Directories (MedlinePlus)  Editor's Pick

This 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

Comprehensive index of over 6000 hospitals prepared jointly by the American Hospital Association and US News & World Report. Descriptive information, and links to hospitals' websites. Includes Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands. Well-maintained site

Doctor and Dentist Ratings and Reviews

Patients may rate anyone called Doctor (such as chiropractors and dentists) in the US and selected countries at this site: RateMDs.com. As of August 2009, very few physicians had more than 30 patient ratings. Most physicians only have one patient rating. Doctors are rated on punctuality, helpfulness and knowledge. May sort list by city or number of ratings. Consumers may add a comment

Fertility Clinic Success Rates - 2012 ART Report (CDC)  Editor's Pick

Find out about ART clinics (Assisted Reproductive Technology) in the US and Puerto Rico, in this 576-page report by the CDC in conjunction with Reproductive Medicine societies. Shows success rates by age of woman, and both fresh and frozen embryo transfers. One-page summaries for each of 456 fertility clinics reporting 2012 data. Nationally, about 32% of embryo transfers resulted in singleton live births, with nearly 47% of fresh embryos resulting in live births. Pub. 2014

Find a Doctor at Physician Compare

Federal government website at medicare.gov lists physicians by city (the zip code feature is not reliable yet) and specialty, including podiatry. Not too much information, usually less than you get at a state's licensing site, even after 6 years since site launch. Maybe in the future it will contain useful quality comparisons. Psychologists, social workers, therapists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants & audiologists are not included

Find a Geriatric Care Manager

Search for what is here referred to as an Advanced Aging Life Care specialist. The Aging Life Care Association was formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, Inc. This national directory is easy to use. 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 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, laser hair removal, liposuction, nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) or tummy tuck. Web site by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

Find an Oncologist American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

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. From the American Society of Clinical Oncology (cancer.net) ASCO website

Find an Orthopedic Foot and Ankle MD Physician (AOFAS)

Members of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society are listed in this searchable database. Only doctor's name and contact information available. Check other sources for education and experience

Find an Orthopedic Surgeon (Orthopaedist)

Find an orthopedic surgeon anywhere in the US. Easy-to-use and informative site, by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Find Health Insurance Options - healthcare.gov

New website helps small businesses and individuals know what health insurance options might be available to them. Search by zip code. Can compare 3 companies or plans at once; many show approximate monthly premiums. No recommendations or rankings. From HHS at US government

Fraud Prevention - See Who is Excluded from Medicare ...

Site by the HHS Office of Inspector General 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. Thousands of listings

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

Free registration is required to access the basic database, but it is worth your time. 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 10 million visits per year

HCAHPS - Patient Satisfaction Scores for Hospitals 2015  Editor's Pick

Use the Find and Compare hospitals tab to view patient satisfaction survey ratings and opinions by hospital inpatients across the US. Side by side comparisons for 3 hospitals at a time, 2014-2015 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, available since 2008; updated 2015

HealthGrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, 2016 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

Annual report (Jan. 2016) identifies 260 top-rated distinguished hospitals (top 5%) from evaluating Medicare data from 2012 to 2014. Mortality results (survival rates) and complication rates have been factored in for at least 21 procedures and diagnoses such as: heart bypass surgery, pacemaker, defibrillator, heart attack, heart failure, valve replacement, back & neck surgery, carotid surgery, COPD, gall bladder, hip fracture, hip replacement, knee replacement, prostate surgery, TURP, pneumonia, stroke, bowel obstruction, GI bleed, pancreatitis, diabetes hospitalization, pulmonary embolism & sepsis. Hospitals listed by state

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

Overall composite home health quality ratings based on a summary of 12 or more measures of care in 2015-2015. Health Insight, developed by Utah, New Mexico and Nevada, 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

HealthInsight: National Rankings for Hospitals (all states)  Editor's Pick

Overall hospital rankings based on a summary of readmissions, mortality, AMI (heart attack), heart failure, stroke, blood clot, surgical infection prevention rankings, plus patient opinions and more. Health Insight, a project of Utah, New Mexico and Nevada, developed a helpful composite ranking for nearly every hospital in the nation, using at least 30 national CMS measures and satisfaction ratings from inpatients. Results shown by state. Easier to use than the federal HospitalCompare website, but less detail. Updated with 2014-2015 data

HealthInsight: National Rankings for Nursing Homes (all states)

Overall composite nursing home quality ratings based on a summary of 6 to 13 quality measures on over 15,000 nursing homes in 2015. 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. Updated 2015

Home Health Aides and Adult Day Care Costs, 2011 (MetLife)

MetLife Mature Market Institute 2011 survey findings on average costs for home health and adult day center services. National average daily cost for adult day care was $70 per day; average hourly rate for home health aides remained at $21, and homemakers were $19 per hour. Report shows variation by state or selected cities. For example, home health aide cost averaged $19 per hour in New York City, $22 in Chicago, and just $14 in Shreveport LA. Home health aides were highest in Rochester, MN ($34, up from $25 last yr). (Inquire about fuel surcharges or mileage fees.) Vermont had a $148 daily rate for adult day center (Eugene OR at $147), while Montgomery AL declined to $29 per day. Adult day rates were $32 in San Antonio, TX, $38 in Memphis TN, $54 in Pittsburgh, and $66 in Denver. April-August 2011 survey published October 2011

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

This tool gives detailed information about Medicare-certified home health agencies. Search by county or zip code and see performance scores related to nursing care, physical and occupational therapy, home health aides, speech and social services. Find the graphs to compare agencies on ten measures related to getting around, pain, bladder control, bathing, patients who get admitted to the hospital or need urgent unplanned medical care, and more. 2011-2012 data

HomeCare Elite Home Health Agencies 2015 - all states (pdf)

List of over 2000 home health agencies that rate in the top 25% has been released by OCS, a division of National Research Corporation. Uses Quality, Patient Satisfaction and Financial performance data (2013-2015) from HomeHealthCompare and CMS Medicare cost reports. Top 100 and top 500 agencies flagged for consumers. OCS' HomeCare Elite (TM) list (37 pages) in alphabetical order. Free registration required

Hospice - Find a Hospice that signed the Quality Pledge (NHPCO)

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 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, including those Quality Partners who have signed the Quality Pledge

Hospital Clinic Visit Charges and Medicare Payments 2011

Find the average price for 30 types of hospital outpatient charges to Medicare patients. Includes Level 2 through Level 5 hospital clinic Visits (average charge from $148 to $362, with discounts in the 45% to 50% range.) All other procedures (APCs) such as Endoscopy, nerve injections, ultrasound, EKG, MRI, Pulmonary Tests, Cardiac Imaging, Sleep Studies, Excision/ Biopsy, or Debridement, have Medicare discounts from 66% to 96% off the charges. Example: Medicare paid $346 (including patient portion) on an average charge of $2588 for an MRI in CY 2011. Each state's average is also shown. In a separate Excel file, find the average charge by hospital (excluding Critical Access Hospitals). Difficult to use, from CMS

Hospital Compare - 30-day Death Rates, COPD (2014)  Editor's Pick

Federal government site from CMS shows whether hospitals met expected 30-day survival rates for Medicare COPD patients. The national Risk-Adjusted death rates (mortality rates) were 7.8% for COPD. Of US hospitals measured and reported, vast majority were statistically no different than national average; 96 hospitals had worse survival rates. Find COPD mortality ratings under Outcome measures. Results use 2010-2013 data, updated 2014

Hospital Compare - 30-day Death Rates, Heart Attack & Heart Failure (2014)  Editor's Pick

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 14.9% for heart attack (with 18 hospitals under-performing) and 11.9% for heart failure (103 hospitals worse than national rate). Compare hospitals in your area. Results updated 2014, 2010-2013 data

Hospital Compare - 30-day Death Rates, Pneumonia (2014)  Editor's Pick

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 11.9% for pneumonia. Of US hospitals measured and reported, vast majority were statistically no different than national average; 198 hospitals had worse survival rates. Find pneumonia mortality ratings under Outcome measures. Results use 2010-2013 data, updated 2014

Hospital Compare - 30-day Death Rates, Stroke (2014)  Editor's Pick

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 7.8% for stroke. Of US hospitals measured and reported, vast majority were statistically no different than national average; 81 hospitals had worse survival rates. Find stroke mortality ratings under Outcome measures. Results use 2010-2013 data, updated 2014

Hospital Compare - hospitalcompare.hhs.gov (all states) - Hospital ratings, complications  Editor's Pick

Federal government compares hospital ratings for heart attack (AMI), heart failure, pneumonia and preventing surgery infections and other complications in 2014-2015. Includes death rate comparisons from heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, and readmission rates. Click on Timely & Effective Care, or Complications. Shows patient satisfaction HCAHPS ratings, including star ratings. Editor's Pick because the government standardized its ratings for all hospitals, and most ratings are based on more than just Medicare patients. Small volume hospitals will not show data for some measures. Be sure to click on the graphs

Hospital Infection Prevention Ratings - State-level  Editor's Pick

Compare hospitals in certain states on how well they prevent infections. Half the states (CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WA) produce a report on healthcare infections. Consumers Union (the publisher of Consumer Reports), actively promotes public disclosure of hospital infection rates at stophospitalinfections.org and tracks state laws on infection reporting. Time periods and reports vary

Hospital Patient Satisfaction Ratings - AboutHealthSatisfaction.org

Easy to use website lets consumers find satisfaction ratings and recommendations given by hospital inpatients. Uses the same HCAHPS data as the federal HospitalCompare website (10 measures), but users can compare more than 3 hospitals at once, and easily cross state lines; visually easier to read. Dates are not clear and may not be as recent as the national government site. Created by IPRO, a not-for-profit healthcare consulting organization based in New York

Hospital Ratings at HealthGrades (all states) 2016  Editor's Pick

Hospital Ratings (5-star, 3-star, 1-star) for over 30 diseases & inpatient procedures: Stroke, back surgery, COPD, diabetes, gall bladder surgery (cholecystectomy), 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 2016 ratings are from Medicare patients, from 2012 to 2014. Click on Detail to see 3-year patient volume, and actual mortality or complication rates compared to predicted

Hospital Safety for Medicare Patients, Gov't Ratings 2013

Federal Government shows patient safety rates for Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC), such as Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI), hospital falls, foreign object left in after surgery, manifestations of poor glycemic control (signs of uncontrolled blood sugar), the most severe pressure ulcers (bedsores) and vascular catheter-associated infections. They are all serious conditions that some patients get during an inpatient hospital stay. If hospitals follow proper procedures, patients are less likely to get these conditions. Dates are not easy to find, but they will be the most current available. Updated 2013

Individual Monthly Health Insurance Premium Cost - 2010 (KFF)

Kaiser Family Foundation reports average health insurance premium from 2010 for a single person's policy. Benefit coverage varies by state and policy. Range is from $136 per month in Alabama to over $400 in Massachusetts and Vermont. Average in US is $215 per mo. TX, OK, OH, NM, NV, KS and Alaska are not reported

J.D. Power - 2015 Health Insurance Plan Ratings - consumer opinions

J.D. Power and Associates shows ratings in selected states and regions for commercial health plans on Overall member satisfaction, Choice of doctors & hospitals, Communication, Claims processing, Out-of-pocket costs, Coverage and benefits, and Customer service. Methodology for member satisfaction survey was not readily found on the website

Kaiser statehealthfacts.org: 50 State Comparisons: Minority Health Insurance Coverage

Site shows race/ethnicity comparisons for health insurance coverage and uninsured. Shows 2013 data, before coverage through the Health Exchanges took effect

Kidney Dialysis Center Compare - from medicare.gov  Editor's Pick

Compare services and ratings on kidney dialysis facilities in any state or US territory. Quality measures show Survival Rates among facilities and quality of care provided to Medicare patients at hospital-sponsored centers, nonprofit and for-profit dialysis centers. Resources on kidney failure and end stage renal disease (ESRD) also linked

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, including Evidence-Based Hospital Referral for high-risk procedures (volume standards), ICU staffing using intensivists, progress on 29 Safe Practices and other steps to prevent mistakes and injuries. CLICK on the green [i] to the right of each green bar chart to find out if your hospital meets survival expectations and volume standards of 450 CABG procedures, or 400 for angioplasty, or 120 for aortic valve replacement; 50 for AAA, or 11 for pancreatic resection, or 13 for esophagectomy; 50 High-Risk Delivery-Neonatal ICU patients per year, 125+ weight loss surgery cases/yr. Info on pneumonia, heart attack and normal deliveries also reported. Many hospitals participate; easy to compare. Updated for 2009, but period covered is unclear. Leapfrog was a pioneer in getting ratings in the public eye

Leapfrog Top Hospitals for 2014 (Dec. 2014)

Leapfrog named 94 hospitals to its 2014 Top Hospitals list, including 9 top children's hospitals and 25 rural hospitals. Hospitals must have responded to Leapfrog's Hospital Survey. Winners include12 Kaiser Permanete hospitals in California, 8 Massachusetts urban hospitals, 9 rural hospitals in Maine, more. 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

Link to Your State Insurance Department Site (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 and the five U.S. territories. The NAIC site also has a company search feature (under Consumer Information, from the Home page) that allows you to obtain financial information, and complaint information on the exchange, HMOs and other health insurance providers

Medical Fitness Association: Find an MFA 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

Medicare (Inpatient) Prices for 31 Common Hospitalizations - June 2007

Find out the average charge (price) and the average Medicare payment (the closest consumers will get to cost) and volume information by county or state for 31 inpatient DRGs such as heart valve, major large or small bowel or stomach operations, inpatient hernia operations, gall bladder removal (open or laparoscopy), hip or knee replacement, bone biopsy, inpatient shoulder joint surgery, kidney and bladder operations for cancer, other kidney or bladder operations, prostatectomy, hysterectomy, back spinal fusion, cervical spinal fusion, insert heart defibrillator. Fiscal year 2006 data. The large gaps between charges and payments may shock you, and lead to a number of questions about cost-shifting, true costs, and realistic charges. Must be able to use Excel spreadsheets. This is part of the government's work to become consumer-friendly for healthcare. It covers all 50 states, but not all counties, and may be the only place you can find this information. Average consumers may have difficulty with navigating the very large, cumbersome files. We had hoped by now, the reporting would show improvements in consumer-friendliness. No such luck; prices for 2008 and 2009 not available as of May 2009.

Medicare - Other Hospital Inpatient Charges - 12 DRGs (June 2007)

In the second file at this site, called Other Inpatient Hospital DRGs of High Utilization, you can find number of cases by county and state, and average charges for Chronic lung disease (COPD), pneumonia, heart bypass with cardiac cath, AAA repair (DRG 110), pacemaker implant, heart attack, heart failure, chest pain, large or small bowel procedures, diabetes, angioplasty with stent, heart valve procedures, and others. Average Medicare payment might give consumers an idea of average cost and cost-shifting. Pacemaker Implant example shows national average charge of $40,752, with average Medicare payment of $12,689 (a 69% discount!) Must know Excel, and be able to find your DRG. Organized by state and county; Fiscal year 2006 data. Not very user-friendly nor current, but it is a place to start.

Medicare Ambulatory Outpatient Surgery Average Cost (2010)

Find out the average prices (charges) to Medicare patients in your state and county, and how much Medicare actually pays for 50 common ambulatory surgeries for rotator cuff repair, wrist fracture pinning, hernia repair, shoulder scopes, endoscopy, colonoscopy, bladder scopes and stents, laser coagulation or vaporization of prostate for urine flow, lower back injections and more. Example: Hernia repair CPT 49560 has average charge of $4274, with Medicare allowing $907 and actually paying $711. Over 80% discount! Average payments do NOT show how much your costs for co-pays and deductibles are, nor are physician fees shown. Consumers are expected to know CPT codes and how to use Excel files. Not our favorite, but this is the best of what's out there, and it shows how messed up healthcare pricing is. No longer Editor's Pick, since in four years and the Value-Driven Health Care initiative, we expected improved reports. 2009 data published Aug. 20, 2010

Medicare Ambulatory Surgery Charges - 13 Other Commonly Performed Procedures (2010)

See this second file for 13 more procedure prices and discounts to Medicare. This file covers Ambulatory Surgery Center facility charges and Medicare payments for selected outpatient surgery such as breast biopsy (example: $3660 national average breast biopsy charge, with Medicare allowing $444, and paying $349 - over 90% discount), surgical change of stomach tube, prostate needle biopsy (CPT code 55700 $1599 average charge, $396 allowable; $310 average cost paid), nerve blocks, cataract removal & lens insertion ($3135 charge, $953 allowed), cancer screen colon scope for high risk patients, and more. Does not include physician fees. Confusing file unless you know CPT codes. This is the best of what's out there nationally, with state and county average charges. 2009 data published Aug. 20, 2010

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

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. 2012 data available

MGMA Members Rate Health Insurance Plans 2011

Find out how members of the Medical Group Management Association rate Medicare Part B, Aetna, CIGNA, Coventry, Humana, Anthem and UnitedHealthcare health insurance companies (payers). On a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high), the best can only muster a 3.6 overall rating. Scores indicate how easy a health plan is to do business with. Pub. 2011

NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings and Report Card 2016  Editor's Pick

Compare quality ratings for HMOs and PPO health insurance plans. Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna, Humana, Kaiser, United - they're all here. Star ratings and number of enrollees shown for accredited commercial, Medicare and Medicaid plans. 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 2016

Nursing Home Average Costs, 2011 (MetLife Survey)  Editor's Pick

MetLife surveyed nursing homes in all states and DC. in April-August. 2011. Average daily rate for nursing home care found to be equivalent to $78,110 semi-private to $87,235 per year private room (range by city for private room, from $141 in parts of Louisiana to $655 per day in Alaska). Example of city rates: Chicago nursing home Semi-Private daily rate ranged from $117/day to $250/day, with an average of $176. Report includes Assisted Living and home care costs. Easy to read report, published October 2011

Nursing Home Compare (all states) www.medicare.gov 2015  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 for 2015. If you cannot find the nursing home you're interested in, the facility might not accept Medicare and Medicaid patients. 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 Home Watch List from MemberoftheFamily.net

MemberoftheFamily.net provides information about 16,000 Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing homes in the United States, including reports based on recent government surveys. This watch list tends to identify a lot of nursing homes where quality of care concerns have been identified. Updated with 2015 reports

Nursing Homes & Assisted Living directory (members in LeadingAge)

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 Trends to 2014, CDC

State-by-state obesity trends for adults from 2011 to 2014. Download the PowerPoint slides to see growth of Americans, year by year, as obesity grips the country. Data shown in the maps were collected through the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Updated Sept. 2015

Organ Transplants - Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network

Transplant survival rates on a regional basis (1-year, 3-year, 5-year) compared to national; transplant center volumes; kidney, pancreas, liver, heart, lung, intestine. Click Regional Data on the left. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Updated 2010

Palliative Care - Provider Program Directory

Hospitals with Palliative Care programs are listed in this 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

Physician Payments: Average Medicare payment for 25 Common Office visits

Difficult file to use for 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 also 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. Updated Sept. 2013

Physician: Average Cost for 25 Common Ambulatory Surgery Center Procedures

Difficult file for consumers to use unless familiar with Excel. Allowed amounts (rather than prices) in the Ambulatory Surgery file for 25 Common high volume outpatient surgical procedures in a Surgery Center, 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), correction of bunion, and more. Uses CPT codes, and all states are listed. Last updated Sept. 2013

Premier 2015 QUEST Awards for High-value Healthcare

3 hospital winners were selected for the QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare. They achieved top performance in all seven of the areas measured: cost and efficiency, inpatient and outpatient evidence-based care, mortality, safety, patient experience and appropriate hospital use. Winners: Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County, New Albany, Miss; Memorial Hospital, Miramar, FL; and West Georgia Medical Center, LaGrange, GA

QIO Listings - Quality Improvement and Innovation Organizations

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, organized by region and area

Rehabilitation Hospitals - CARF-Accredited Facilities

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities offers the ability to do an online search for accredited facilities with specific rehab programs you may be interested in. Includes Behavioral Health, Pain Management, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord, Physical Rehab, Aging services, and more. Search engine is either simple (just zip code) or very complicated because of its detail, abbreviations and multiple choices

State Comparisons: % of Adults Aged 65+ Who Have Ever Received A Pneumococcal Vaccine, 2013

Just over two-thirds (67.9%) of those ages 65+ have had their pneumonia shot according to this map. Leader is Oregon at 75.6%. At the bottom this year: New Jersey (62%), along with Guam and Puerto Rico. Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts

State Comparisons: Health Insurance Coverage of Nonelderly 0-64, by state (2014)

Have you ever wondered where the 32 million people under age 65 and without health insurance are located, after the Exchange went into effect? Kaiser Family Foundation shows the number uninsured by state. Ten states make up 59% (over 19 million) of the US uninsured under 65: Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania New Jersey and Ohio. KFF statehealthfacts.org updated 2015

State Comparisons: Percent of Smokers who Tried to Quit Smoking, 2013

Kaiser Family Foundation at StateHealthFacts.org - Map showing state by state percent of smokers who attempted to Quit Smoking. Overall 60% tried to quit, US-wide according to the most recent (2013) data. What is happening in your state?

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

Identifies 27 states and Wash. DC that require adverse event reporting. 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. Pub. Dec. 2007

Surgeon Scorecard - Knees, Hips, Gallbladder, Spinal Fusion, Prostate Surgery, Medicare 2015  Editor's Pick

Compare 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 will likely be controversial. Tool is easy to use

Thomson 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals - 2011

Thomson Reuters 2011 selection of 50 hospitals with significant heart care programs listed in categories: teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residencies, teaching hospitals without such residencies, and community hospitals. List only, organized by state; study used Medicare data from 2009-2010, some in 2011. Released November 2011

Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals - 2012 National Winners

List names top 100 hospitals in categories according to size and teaching status using Medicare data primarily from 2006 to 2010, and other publicly reported patient satisfaction scores and results at HospitalCompare. While no data are shown for individual hospital performance, Thomson 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. Methodology examines complications & patient safety; survival and readmissions for pneumonia and heart care; patient recommendations; and length of stay, efficiency and profitability. Released April 2012

Top Performers - Why Not the Best Hospitals (IPRO)

Side-by-side comparison tool of 4500 US hospitals called Why Not the Best? Using current data from the CMS Hospital Compare website, this tool helps people compare overall and composite performance on heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention, and patient satisfaction, and identifies the top 1% of hospitals. Easy to use, but geared to health care professionals to improve hospital performance.Created by the Commonwealth Fund, transferred to IPRO in Jan. 2015

Transplant WaitList and Survival Rates (SRTR)  Editor's Pick

Waiting list times, numbers of people waiting for a transplant: Kidney, pancreas, liver, intestine, heart, lung transplants. Survival statistics by type of transplant, and three-year survival rates by hospital Transplant Center are provided by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, which is affiliated with The University of Michigan and funded by HRSA. ustransplant.org Updated 2010

Trauma Programs: Verified Trauma Centers (ACS)

Level I, II and III Trauma Centers are listed here, by state (and Landstuhl Germany), at the American College of Surgeons' 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. For remote areas, a Level IV designation can be sought; unclear why Level IV hospitals are not listed (approx. 29); Sept. 2009

UCompareHealthCare.com (all states)

Compare hospitals on quality measures, readmission rates, patient safety, infection prevention, mortality rates. Unfortunately data time periods are not fully disclosed at the site, even in the methodology section in About Us. Data could be very old, and you wouldn't know it. Privately held company

USNews.com America's Best Hospitals 2014-15: Honor Roll (17)

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) , Mass General (Boston), Johns Hopkins (Baltimore) and Cleveland Clinic top the list of 17 US hospitals identified (from nearly 5000 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. Mortality ratio for Medicare patients and Reputation are two factors used in the rankings for most of the specialties. 2014-2015 ratings use Medicare data from 2010-2012

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2011-12: Cancer Rankings

US News & World Report named MD Anderson (Houston, TX) and Sloan-Kettering (New York) as its 2011 leaders of the top 50 hospitals for cancer care in the US. Scoring includes survival (30-day mortality), professional reputation, volume, designation from the National Cancer Institute and other factors. Hospital relative mortality shown in methodology. Released July 2011

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2011-12: Heart and heart surgery

Top of the Cardiac specialty list: Cleveland Clinic (Ohio) and Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN). 50 hospitals listed. See if there is one in your state. Rankings include mortality ratio using Medicare data from 2007 to 2009

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2015-16: Pediatric & Children's Hospitals

US News & World Report's top pediatric hospitals listed for cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology (digestive disorders) & GI surgery, heart and heart surgery, kidney, neonatology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology (respiratory problems), and urology. Honor roll of 12 hospitals is led by Boston Children's and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. List called Best Children's Hospitals updated June 2015

VA (veterans) Hospitals - Quality Scores 2010

Detailed scorecard for all of the Veterans Health Administration hospitals using 2009 data. Ratings for heart care, diabetes, pneumonia, surgery and other infections, quality of care, patient satisfaction, accreditation and patient safety. Report is not real user friendly at 200+ pages, but if you really want to compare VA hospitals, the information is there. October 2010

VA Hospital, Medical Facility Quality and Satisfaction Reports

The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) makes its VA Medical Center reports available online. Titles include Combined Assessment Program or Community Based Outpatient Clinic Reviews; Audits; or Healthcare Inspections. Listed by date. Topics include quality ratings and patient safety, consumer satisfaction & experience of care, nursing home contracts, screening and/or treatment times, volumes and more. Updated 2013

VA Medical Facilities Locator & Directory - Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a convenient search tool to find medical facilities such as hospitals and clinics. Facilities in the US, Philippine Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico

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

Wal-Mart has implemented a limited-scope program for about 150 generic drugs (361 drug/dose combinations) offered at a $4 price for a 30-day supply in most states. Most drugs may also be purchased at $10 for a 90-day supply. Available in all states except North Dakota. However: Due to FAIR PRICING laws in CA, HI, MN, MT, PA, TN, WI, about 65 drugs will carry higher prices, or may not be available. Prices apply to Sam's Club pharmacies also

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