If you live in the Philadelphia area then you have a lot of hospitals to choose from when seeking a medical evaluation or injury treatment. And if quality care is main concern, then you have a big, and difficult, choice to make. From Hahnemann University Hospital to St Joseph’s Hospital to Temple University Hospital, figuring out which hospital provides the best care can seem like an impossible task. That’s why the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services started the Hospital Compare website (www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov).
“Hospital Compare” Helps You Choose the Right Hospital
Really, there are a ton of good hospitals in Philadelphia. And choosing the “best” may not be possible. But the Hospital Compare website provides lists of general hospital characteristics, explaining how each facility measures up. For example, hospitals will be compared based on the following criteria:
Quality of surgical care
Quality of heart attack care
How fast the staff provides care
How effective the care was
Rates of readmissions
Use of medical imaging
How well the staff communicates with patients
Ratings provided by Hospital Compare are organized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other medical organizations and agencies. Much of the information is supplied by patients of hospitals who have taken surveys regarding the quality of their treatment.
Hospital Compare Websites Encourage Better Medical Treatment
Just like any other business, hospitals are affected by poor reviews. Any negative reports regarding patient care or cleanliness of facilities is detrimental to the hospital’s reputation. Therefore, if a hospital is poorly rated on a site like Hospital Compare, it is motivated to improve.
Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys Help You Choose
The Carpey Law website provides a lot of information on finding the best and closest hospitals to address your injuries and other ailments. Check out our guide to Philadelphia Trauma Centers and our write-up on the “Hospital Safety Score” website.