Quality of Care

www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov

A link to the Hospital Compare website has been provided for you. The website was created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and has information about the quality of care at over 4,000 hospital that are certified to provide care for Medicare beneficiaries. This information is intended to help you make decisions about where you get your health care. However, it is a snapshot of how well a hospital is caring for its patients. The quality measures on this website display the recommended care for some of the most common and costly conditions that hospitals treat, which are stroke, blood clots, elective deliveries, and severe sepsis or septic shock. Getting the recommended care means you are more likely to have better outcomes, because they are based on scientific evidence about treatments that are known to get the best results. Data for each measure are compared to other hospitals in Texas and the U.S., and to the top 10% of hospitals in the country.

You should know, however, health care experts and researchers are constantly evaluating the evidence to make sure the guidelines and measures continue to reflect the most up-to-date information. Sometimes, the guidelines and measures are modified to reflect new evidence. The information you will find on this website is intended to help you start a conversation with your physician or hospital about how you can best get the care you need. There may be a specific reason you should not get a certain treatment. For instance, a recommended treatment to help prevent a heart attack is to take aspirin daily. However, you should not take aspirin if you are allergic to aspirin. Patients who should not get the recommended care are not counted in the specific measure that is contraindicated, but may be counted in other measures.