Hospital & Surgical Info

 

Be sure to stay in-network when visiting hospitals and outpatient facilities. Check your health insurance website for current information.  You will receive large in-network discounts, and it will go towards your in-network deductible.  All hospitals in the U.S. are considered in network for “emergencies”.

New requirements from the government and increasing pressure from the healthcare consumer are starting to have an effect on price transparency for some of the larger unknown medical expenses or procedures incurred in the hospital.  You can now price certain procedures at hospitals around the country, with quality and success ratings in the near future.

HSA Tip: Check for individual state websites disclosing similar information for local hospitals. Price differences for procedures at hospitals can be quite dramatic within a small geographic region. Maternity is a great example of the disparity in costs.


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Hospital Compare – The Hospital Compare website was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), along with 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. The information on this website can be used by any patients needing hospital care.

Hospital Compare displays rates for Process of Care measures that show whether or not hospitals provide some of the care that is recommended for patients being treated for a heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, asthma (children only) or patients having surgery. Hospitals voluntarily submit data from medical records about the treatments their patients receive for these conditions. The data include patients with Medicare, those enrolled in Medicare health plans, and those who don’t have Medicare.

 

 


HealthGrades – Visitors to HealthGrades.com find quality ratings and cost information for the nation’s 5,000 hospitals and 16,000 nursing homes as well as in-depth profiles of the nation’s 750,000 physicians. As a leader in the consumer revolution in health care, HealthGrades receives more than eight million unique visitors to its consumer websites each month.

 


Healthcare Blue Book – The Healthcare Blue Book is a free consumer guide to help you determine fair prices in your area for healthcare services. If you pay for your own healthcare, have a high deductible or need a service your insurance does not fully cover, we can help.

 


Quality Check – The Quality Check website, provided by The Joint Commission, allows consumers to:

  • Search for accredited and certified organizations by city and state, by name or by zip code (up to 250 miles).
  • Find organizations by type of service provided within a geographic area. The results can be filtered by type of provider, setting of care or patient population.
  • Download free hospital performance measure results by clicking on the Quality Data Download tab.
  • Print a list of Joint Commission certified disease-specific care and health care staffing. To access, click on the Certified Organizations tab and then select a print format.

 


Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals – Since 1993, the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals program has used independent and objective research to guide hospital and health system performance. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor, or pay to promote their award.

Award-winning hospitals and health systems prove that better care is possible and provide an example for other organizations to follow across the industry. The 100 Top Hospitals award winners demonstrate top performance on both how patients are cared for through clinical measures and how the hospital performs as an efficient business.

 


FloridaInformedPatient.com – Welcome to FloridaInformedPatient.com, a Web site sponsored by the Florida Hospital Association, designed to provide you with resources and access to tools that will help you make informed healthcare decisions. Florida hospitals support a “transparent” healthcare system where consumers have access to information to make more informed healthcare decisions. The resources on this site should help you become a more INFORMED PATIENT.

 


Florida Health Finder – View performance and outcome data and information on selected medical conditions and procedures in these types of health care facilities.

The collection of performance data for health care facilities is a challenging, continuously changing science. This information is not designed to offer medical advice, and is only one avenue to assist you in making well-informed health care decisions. The Agency for Health Care Administration recommends that consumers discuss with their physicians any questions or concerns that might arise from this information.

 


Vimo – Vimo’s unique “comparison shopping for surgery” service lets patients compare prices for surgical procedures at hospitals nationwide.