Wisconsin is starting to take steps to measure hospital quality, though this effort is still in its infancy. On a national level, there is more information available. Below are some hospital quality sites to visit where you can find some helpful information.
This organization is committed to helping the Nation improve our health care system. To fulfill its mission, AHRQ conducts and supports a wide range of health services research.
Visit the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality website.
A public reporting program developed by the Wisconsin Hospital Association. On the site, you can view information about the quality and safety of the health care services delivered by Wisconsin hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia. The site also has definitions on quality health care, tips on how to choose a hospital, how to create a better hospital experience, and more.
Visit the Checkpoint website.
This tool works to educate providers and consumers about patient safety. You can search hospitals by area and compare rating information on four different quality and safety measures.
Visit the Leapfrog website.
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
Visit the Joint Commission website.
Is a voluntary statewide consortium of quality improvement-driven health care organizations that are committed to improving the quality of health care in the State of Wisconsin. They agree to common definitions for measuring health care quality outcomes and publicly report their performance against those measures. Their ambulatory care system measures are at the forefront of outpatient performance measurement and incorporate the latest evidence-based standards across the entire health system population.
Visit the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality website.
Provides information about how well the hospitals in your area care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions like heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia. This information will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide. Hospital Compare was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and organizations that represent hospitals, doctors, employers, accrediting organizations, other federal agencies, and the public.
Visit the HHS Hospital Comparison Tool website.