The Hospital Compare website was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA). The HQA is a public-private collaboration established to promote reporting on hospital quality of care. The HQA consists of organizations that represent consumers, hospitals, doctors and nurses, employers, accrediting organizations and Federal agencies.
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This information helps you compare the quality of care provided in the hospitals that agree to submit data. This quality information not only helps you make good decisions about your healthcare, but also encourages hospitals to improve the quality of healthcare they provide.
Searches may be done by hospital name, or geographic location (city, zip code, etc), or by using a map. Up to three hospitals’ information may be viewed at a time. Once the hospitals and the care processes are selected, hospital performance, as well as state and national averages, is displayed. You may choose to display the information with numbers and percentages, or with bar graphs. Additional information on charges and numbers of cases is available. The information on the website is updated quarterly, and the information shown is generally 6-9 months old.