Quality Comparison Tools
WebMD Hospital Comparison Tool
This tool provides information on complication rates, mortality rates, length of stay, and how frequently a hospital performs specific procedures. You can select a procedure and compare the results for different hospitals in your area. To access the tool, log in to My Account. For a demonstration of the tool, which shows only heart-related procedures, click here.
HealthGrades provides a variety of information on physicians and hospitals based on data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Hospital ratings include mortality by diagnosis and Leapfrog status. (Note: There is a charge for some reports).
Hospital Compare allows you to compare the quality of care provided in acute-care hospitals (general hospitals) and critical access hospitals (rural community hospitals) for adult patients with common medical conditions such as heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.
The Leapfrog Group provides information on the quality of certain aspects of care relevant to urban area hospitals.
Maryland Health Care Commission Hospital Guide
The Maryland Health Care Commission's Hospital Guide provides a variety of reports on Maryland hospitals, including quality measures.
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
Research providers certified by NCQA who have demonstrated that they meet important standards of care. Physicians in the Physician Practice Connections, Physician Practice Connections – Patient Centered Medical Home, Heart/Stroke Recognition, Diabetes Recognition and Back Pain Recognition programs have taken specific steps to enhance the quality of care delivered to members under their care. Select your state and the applicable Recognition Program.
Quality Check is a comprehensive guide to the nearly 16,000 Joint Commission-Accredited Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) and programs throughout the United States. JCAHO provides organization-specific Quality Reports which include:
- JCAHO accreditation status;
- Compliance with the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals, and performance on National Quality Improvement Goals (hospitals only). National Quality Improvement Goals allow hospitals to report on the key indicators of quality of care in up to four treatment areas: heart attack, heart failure, community acquired pneumonia, and pregnancy and related conditions; and
- Special quality awards.