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How Do We Compare?

Many patient resources compare the quality of medical providers. Following are links to many of these resources. We believe that you will find the Web sites helpful, but first, you should understand their limitations.

Limitations of Comparison Web Sites

You may notice that the statistics on each Web site are different. This is typically because they are reporting on different time periods. Although this may be confusing, it does not impact the accuracy of results.

Still, accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Many of the Web sites publish quality results reported by individual hospitals. These results can be misleading, simply because it's easy for hospitals to make honest mistakes when collecting and compiling quality data. To ensure accuracy, it is important to validate results. A validation process involves a secondary review of a sample of data. Deaconess validates all quality information before reporting to the public or quality organizations.

Learn more about your medical providers using the links below.

Compare Hospitals

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - Hospital Compare
Healthgrades Hospital Comparisons
Leapfrog Group

Compare Nursing Homes

Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare
Healthgrades Nursing Home Comparisons

Compare Home Health Agencies

Medicare’s Home Health Agency Compare

Compare Physicians

Healthgrades Physician Comparisons
America’s Best Doctors
Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors

Quality-Related Web Sites

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Quality Initiatives
The Employer Health Care Alliance Cooperative
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Partnering for Patient Empowerment Through Community Awareness (PPECA)
U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Survey
Solucient 100 Top Hospitals

See our glossary of quality terms & organizations for a brief description of the organizations listed here.