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Information on the quality of care for physicians and hospitals.

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1   Link   Health Grades
Physician, hospital and nursing home quality ratings.
2   Link   Angies List
Physician quality ratings.
3   Link - Find a Provider
US Government with physician information.
4   Link   Dialysis Compare (Medicare)
Medicare data about dialysis treatment centers.
5   Link   Why Patients Don't Use Rating Web Sites special report on why more patients don't use physician and hospital rating sites. (PDF File)
6   Link   Hospital Compare - HHS
The website provides information on hospitals' treatment options in Medicare's fee-for-service program to help users decide which health care providers to choose.
New website features:
* Composite measures the summarize process of care and outcomes measures; and
* Patient safety measures to track health care-associated infections.
7   Link   VA Hospital Care
VA's Linking Information Knowledge and Systems, or LinKS, provides outcome measures data on areas such as acute, intensive and outpatient care.

The Aspire tool compiles data from VA's individual hospitals and hospital systems to measure performance against national private-sector benchmarks.

Aspire uses color systems and directional arrows to show users how specific hospitals compare with benchmarks and to display trends in performance metrics.

The tool categorizes process measures and outcomes under six domains:
* Clinical effectiveness;
* Efficiency;
* Equitable care;
* Patient centeredness;
* Patient safety; and
* Timeliness.
8   Link   Washington State Hospital Quality
Washington State Hospital Quality Measures
9   Link   Risk of CT scan 1 in 250
Doctors only follow "best practices" 54% of the time... not much better than a flip of the coin.
Your chance of cancer from a single CAT (CT) scan is one in 250!
10   Link   To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System
Abstract of the 2000 Institute of Medicine Report on quality and safety of the health care system. Ten years later, unfortunately, not much has changed so it is still very relevant.
11   Link   Cardiac Stents - Are they useful?
A well researched article about the current studies of the effectiveness of cardiac stents (to open heart arteries).