The quality of care provided to patients is of utter importance within the healthcare industry. There are a number of organizations that provide the quality data on hospitals to help patients make the right decisions on where they should receive healthcare. Listed below we have provided some of the organizations to help you in choosing the facility that will best fit your needs.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) means to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Throughout their site they will provide the information for people to make knowledgeable decisions on the quality of healthcare services.
- Hospital Compare
Hospital Compare is a cooperative effort between the Centers of Medicare (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA): Improving Care through Information. Hospital Compare provides information on how well hospitals provide recommended care to their patients. You can search using hospital name, city, state, zip code and county. You are able to view the recommended care an adult should get if being treated for medical procedures or surgeries.
- The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group is a not-for-profit organization that aims to educate and inform enrollees about patient safety and the importance of comparing hospitals progress and plans of implementing quality and safety practices. This site allows you to search and compare hospitals by city, state, zip code and hospital name. You can compare hospitals on select procedures offered and their overall quality and safety.
- Joint Commission
The Joint Commission is a not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission provides the overall accreditation to that meet certain performance standards.
- Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Provided (HCAHPS)
The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) is a national patient survey to report on patients perspectives of hospital care. The surveys contents involve key aspects of the hospital experience on communication, pain management, cleanliness and quietness, and overall rating of the hospital. The HCAHPS is updated every 3 months. Their site allows you to search by city, state, zip code, and county. You can the search by select procedures or medical condition.
- North Carolina Hospital Quality Performance
The North Carolina Hospital Quality reports on quality measures within the state of North Carolina and allows you to search and compare hospitals by region.