Friday, July 9, 2010

USA Hospitals Quality of Care - Government Rated

What patient or patient's family wouldn't welcome professional information about the quality of care available in America’s hospitals--- in their outpatient and emergency departments?

Now, that info can be sourced, including how well hospitals care for patients with heart attacks, and protect outpatients from the explosion in hospital surgical infections.

You find it at the new HHS website HealthCare.gov.

“The more information consumers and patients have, the better the options and choices are for them when it comes to their health care. HealthCare.gov is designed to put the power of information at the fingertips of Americans and our quality compare tools are a critical part of this new website,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "This new update to CMS’ Hospital Compare feature will help patients and their families better compare quality at America ’s hospitals. And thanks to this new update this year, for the first time, Medicare patients can see how efficiently facilities use certain types of imaging equipment and keep them safe from exposure to potentially harmful radiation that may not be necessary.”

“By reporting data on services provided in hospital settings like imaging on Hospital Compare, we can highlight the importance of this issue for patients and their families,” said Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “For some time, Medicare beneficiaries have had access to reasonable and necessary imaging technologies, which have revolutionized how well doctors and patients diagnose and treat a host of diseases. But by adding information to the website today, we can help patients and their families to understand the risks associated with these technologies and talk with their doctors about which hospitals are most likely to help patients reduce those risks.”

Incredible. And long over-due!

The information can be found as part of the Compare Care Quality link on the front page of the new site, http://www.healthcare.gov/.

It can also be found on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Compare website, http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/.

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