Selecting a Hospital
Quality measures provide critical information that can help you decide which doctor to see for an operation or treatment, which hospital has the best outcomes for a particular disease, or which one has the highest safety rating.
Accreditation information for healthcare organizations and health plans is considered an important measure of quality healthcare and this information is readily available to you free of charge. Organizations that are accredited have met national standards of excellence to get this "seal of approval." The Joint Commission is a not-for-profit, independent organization that evaluates and accredits nearly 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the US. Use the link at the bottom of this page to go directly to The Joint Commission website.
Questions to Ask When Selecting a Hospital
U.S. News & World Report publishes annually their rankings of medical centers across the country. Hospitals are ranked in 16 specialties, including cancer, heart disease, and others.
The Cancer Centers Program is located within NCI's Office of the Director. The Program supports 64 NCI-designated cancer centers nationwide that are actively engaged in trans-disciplinary research to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality.
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification are recognized nationwide as symbols of quality that reflect an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the a tool for comparing hospitals’ performance on the national standards of safety, quality, and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care. Since The Leapfrog Group’s inception in 2000, its initiatives have been built upon the fact that hospital performance transparency is critical to the optimal functioning of the healthcare marketplace. Leapfrog's public reporting initiatives offer valuable benchmarking capabilities to hospitals, as well as providing consumers with the information they need on the quality and safety of their hospitals.
Did You Know?
Hospitals that achieve the "Magnet Hospital" certification from the American Nursing Credentialing Center are more likely to have safe patient practices in place than those without this qualification. The certification is associated with use of evidence-based care, nursing autonomy and high job satisfaction. These hospitals tend to be larger nonprofit hospitals with higher intensity of nursing to patient ratios. (Journal of Nursing Administration, 2011)
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HOSPITAL VISIT EXPECTATIONS:
What to expect during your upcoming hospital visit, including:
- Communicating with your healthcare team
- What to know about medications while you’re in the hospital
- Basics about pain management
- What to know when going home