The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services operates a database of quality measures in hospitals. The quality measures are collected by each hospital through a detailed review of patients’ medical records, according to common definitions, and some may be audited by CMS. Some measures are also collected by surveying patients.
“Welcome to Hospital Compare. In this tool you will find information on how well hospitals care for patients with certain medical conditions or surgical procedures, and results from a survey of patients about the quality of care they received during a recent hospital stay. This information will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide. Talk to your doctor about this information to help you, your family and your friends make your best hospital care decisions. Hospital Compare was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Health and Human Services, and other members of the Hospital Quality Alliance: Improving Care Through Information (HQA). The information on this website comes from hospitals that have agreed to submit quality information for Hospital Compare to make public.”
To learn more, go to the CMS website.