What Information Can I Get About Hospitals?
You can get a “snapshot” of the quality of hospitals in your area and across the nation by looking at the following aspects of healthcare:
- Timely and effective care: How often and quickly each hospital gives
recommended treatments for certain conditions like heart attack, heart failure,
pneumonia, children’s asthma, and for surgical patients.
- Readmissions, complications and deaths:
- How each hospital’s rates of readmission and death rates compare with the national rate.
- How likely patients will suffer from complications while in the hospital.
- How often patients in the hospital get certain serious conditions that could have been prevented if the hospital followed procedures based on best practices and scientific evidence.
- Use of medical imaging: How a hospital uses outpatient medical imaging tests- Opens in a new window (like CT
scans and MRIs).
- Survey of patients’ experiences: How recently discharged patients responded to a national survey about their hospital experience. For example, how well did a hospital’s doctors and nurses communicate with patients and manage their pain?
- Number of Medicare patients: How many people with Medicare have had certain
procedures or have been treated for certain conditions at each hospital.
- Medicare payment: Information about how much Medicare pays hospitals.