There are various organizations around the country that evaluate hospital quality. Hospitals can submit performance information to these organizations voluntarily. Electronic tools are available so the public can learn about the hospitals in their area and compare them on different measures of quality.
This information measures a hospital’s performance on several quality and safety indicators, but it should be considered along with other factors. We encourage you to speak with your healthcare provider and local hospital staff about what the information in these reports mean and how it can be used to make healthcare decisions. This information may help you make informed decisions about which hospitals best meet your healthcare needs. However, in an emergency you should go to the nearest hospital.
- Hospital Compare is a tool maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. You can use this tool to learn about how well hospitals care for patients and to compare hospitals in your area.
- The Leapfrog Hospital Survey presents information that hospitals voluntarily report to The Leapfrog Group. You can use this tool to learn about and compare hospitals’ performance on specific safety and quality practices. Measures reported in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey include surgical quality and costs, care quality and costs, quality of care, and overall patient safety ratings.