Several agencies and organizations publicly report various pieces of information regarding the quality of care provided by hospitals throughout the state and country. The information is often posted on their websites, where one can compare several hospitals to each other.
The most commonly known agency is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). They provide quality information on U.S. hospitals for various care processes and outcomes on their “Hospital Compare” website. The view this site, click on the following link: https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html.
Another organization that publicly reports quality information is The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit organization advocating quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health system. The Leapfrog Group publishes hospital grades, based on the results of their hospital survey that is voluntarily submitted by hospitals across the country. It features information about safety, quality and efficiency of these hospitals. This information can be found at: http://www.leapfroggroup.org/cp.In Florida, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) also has quality information available to the public for hospitals across Florida. Their website provides quality as well as cost information for hospitals. To view this information and compare hospitals, click on the following link: http://www.floridahealthfinder.gov/LandingPages/HospitalASC.aspx.