• Quality by the Numbers

    Health care providers and patients face a proliferation of publicly available reports rating the quality of health care provided in hospitals. To assist consumers, the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) evaluated 10 consumer-oriented report cards to identify which ones are based on a standard set of measures that have been proven to be valid, reliable, and evidence-based.

    The following agencies were identified as providing consumers with the best quality information.

    CMS HOSPITAL COMPARE 
    Hospital Compare is published by CMS and was created in collaboration with the Hospital Quality Alliance and representatives from consumer, hospital, physician, nurse, employer, and accrediting organizations.

    NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HOSPITAL PROFILE QUALITY SECTION
    The New York State Hospital Profile Quality Section is developed primarily with data from CMS Hospital Compare.

    NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTIONS REPORT
    New York State began annual reporting of hospital-acquired infection rates in 2007. Data for surgical site infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections, and Clostridium difficile are drawn from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network.