How Do We Compare?
At MaineHealth, we're working together so our communities are the healthiest in America. Because we know you want to make informed decisions about where you'll get high quality and safe healthcare, we've created a list of trusted quality and safety reporting organizations. These organizations - some national, some based in Maine - provide comparison reporting that will help you find information about the quality of care and the care experience throughout the MaineHealth system.
Hospital Compare was created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Health and Human Services and other members of the Hospital Quality Alliance: Improving Care Through Information (HQA). The information on this site comes from hospitals that have agreed to submit quality information for Hospital Compare to make public. The site includes information on how well hospitals care for patients with certain medical conditions or surgical procedures and results from a survey of patients about the quality of care received during a recent hospital stay. This information helps consumers compare the quality of care and the care experience hospitals provide. Visit Hospital Compare
How to Use Hospital Compare
There are many ways to use Hospital Compare to find and compare hospitals. First, go to Hospital Compare's site.
Click "Find and Compare Hospitals" in the middle of the page.
Select your search criteria (zip code, hospital name, city, state or county). If you want to compare all Maine hospitals, for example, you would select "Find a hospital within a state/territory" and then select "Maine" in the dropdown menu.
You can then opt for a general search or search on a specific medical condition or surgical procedure. If, for example, you select "general search," you'll see a listing of Maine hospitals. You may compare up to three hospitals by selecting the box to the left of the hospital name. After you select up to three hospitals, scroll to the bottom of the page and select "compare." You'll get a list of all the reports available. Be sure to scroll all the way down the page to see full selection of reports. Select all the reports you'd like to see, then select either "View Tables" or "View Graphs" to see the data.
Nursing Home Compare
Nursing Home Compare is part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. The site has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. Nursing homes receive a five-star rating for health inspections, nursing home staff setting and quality measures. Detailed information about the ratings can be obtained by clicking on the nursing home name. Other information includes whether the institution participates in Medicare and Medicaid, the number of certified beds and type of ownership. Visit Nursing Home Compare on Medicare's site
Home Health Compare
Home Health Compare is part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. This tool provides information regarding how well home health agencies in your area care for patients. Newly Medicare-certified home health agencies may not appear for one year. Only Medicare-certified home health agencies are required to submit information about home health agencies. Agencies that exclusively serve children, private pay or privately insured patients are not listed here. Home Health agencies are evaluated on several quality measures and ratings include state and national comparisons. Visit Home Health Compare on Medicare's site
The Leapfrog Group rates hospitals in four areas: 1) the presence and use of computerized provider order entry 2) staffing levels within intensive care units 3) evidence-based high risk referrals, which is the frequency and number of high-risk procedures performed at the hospital, and 4) safe practice score, which represents the existence and conformance to seventeen safe practice measures at the hospital. These practice measures have been determined to reduce hospital errors. Visit Leapfrog on the web
Maine Health Management Coalition
The Maine Health Management Coalition (MHMC) is a non-profit organization. Its more than 50 members include public and private employers, hospitals, health plans and physicians working together to measure and report healthcare value. MHMC helps employers and their employees use this information to make informed decisions. Visit the Maine Health Management Coalition site
Maine Quality Forum
The Maine Quality Forum (MQF) provides healthcare information specific to Maine and provides consumers with information needed to make good choices about health and healthcare. The MQF collects research, promotes best practices, collects and publishes comparative quality data, promotes electronic technology, and promotes healthy lifestyles and reporting to consumers and the Legislature. Visit The Maine Quality Forum site