How Does Your Hospital Measure Up?

August 27, 2008 by  
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This week 18 California hospitals were fined for poor care violations, some which led to deaths.

How can you protect yourself from poor cancer care?

One way is to find out if your hospital has The Joint Commission Accreditation.

“The Joint Commission has been accrediting hospitals for more than 50 years. Its accreditation is a nationwide seal of approval that indicates a hospital meets high performance standards. JC accreditation helps hospitals improve their performance, raise the level of patient care, and demonstrate accountability in the rapidly changing health care marketplace.”

The Joint Commission sets national patient safety goals each year and along with accreditation programs has certification programs and awards.

How does your hospital measure up?

Find out how your hospital or health care organization rates per The JC. You can also see if they have won any additional awards. You can also file a complaint here. Additionally you can search for the best health care facility in your area for your particular treatment needs on this site.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services brings you….

Hospital Compare-A quality tool for adults, including people with Medicare

The Hospital Compare tool provides you with information on how well the hospitals care for all their adult patients. This information will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide.

The tool provides information on the following:

The search provides information on the following:

  • Hospital Process of Care Measures
  • Hospital Outcome of Care Measures (where available)
  • Survey of Patients’ Hospital Experiences

The site also lists your rights as a patient of Medicare.

And be sure to look at the hospital check list. Questions to ask your doctor BEFORE you are admitted to the hospital.

The American Hospital Association site provides information on everything concerning your care, from how to resolve billing issues to HIPAA. Find answers to your questions here.

Finally, The American Cancer Society provides a summary of The Patient’s Bill of Rights.

You have the right to:

  • Information Disclosure
  • Choice of Providers and Plans
  • Access to Emergency Services
  • Participation in Treatment Decisions
  • Respect and Non-discrimination
  • Confidentiality of Health Information
  • Complaints and Appeals
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