- See how often a hospital gives the right treatments for certain conditions — like heart attacks, heart failure, and pneumonia — or procedures — like preventing surgical infections.
- View the results of care or treatment for certain conditions or procedures.
- See how much Medicare paid hospitals for certain conditions and procedures.
- Find out what hospital patients said about the care they received during a recent hospital stay. Their experiences are an important part of good quality care. Feedback from patients to more than two dozen questions is currently available.
The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website also lets you search for information on any hospital in the United States. This is a national, nonprofit organization that “accredits” hospitals to make sure they fully comply with all of the group’s quality standards. The Quality Check website can tell you whether a hospital is accredited and will identify hospitals that have not met quality standards. In addition, you can:
- Find out the hospital’s quality performance from previous years.
- Learn whether the hospital offers certified programs in specific disease areas, such as stroke care.
- Get data on the hospital’s National Quality Improvement Goals. This tells you about the quality of care for several specific conditions, including children’s asthma, heart attack and heart failure, pneumonia, pregnancy, and preventing surgical infections.
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Carolyn M. Clancy is a general internist and researcher, and the "Finding Your Way" columnist for AARP's Bulletin. As the director of the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality she is an expert about how consumers can engage in their health care.