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 Leapfrog Group Opens in a new window Exit Disclaimer - Opens in a new window

The Leapfrog Group's Website contains information that consumers may access when they are making decisions related to hospital choices. The website provides hospital specific voluntary responses to a patient safety survey of urban hospitals related to each hospital's implementation of computerized physician order entry, staffing of the hospital's Intensive Care Unit and how many times a year five high-risk surgeries were performed in the hospital. The self-reported survey information is available to consumers online at

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Planning for aging services can be a real challenge. Having the right tools, however, will make the process go much more smoothly. This website provides you with information you need to make careful and informed decisions about what services and facilities will best suit your needs. You will also find tips about how to deal with the emotional stresses of care giving, how to plan for long-term care costs, and how to get involved in aging services.

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This website has information to help people make decisions about nursing and assisted living facilities.

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The Texas Health Care Information Collection's primary purpose is to provide data that will enable Texas consumers and health plan purchasers to make informed health care decisions. The Collection's charge is to collect data and report on the quality performance of health maintenance organizations operating in Texas and hospitals. The goal is to provide information that will enable consumers to have an impact on the cost and quality of health care in Texas.

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