Saturday, August 30, 2008

Compare hospitals on heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia

Welcome to a new era of openness in medical care. In this interactive USA TODAY graphic, you'll find medicine's best-kept secret revealed: death rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia for every hospital in the nation. USA TODAY created this graphic using data compiled by the federal government's Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

USA TODAY has used the information to create an easy-to-navigate database that allows you to compare the performance of the hospital next door with the hospital across town. Want to check the performance of every hospital in your state? See the 100 hospitals that performed the best? The worst? We've put the information at your fingertips.

You can view the hospitals on a map, chart or several lists. When you click on a hospital, you'll see an estimate of the hospital's average death rate for one of the three conditions, bracketed by a high-end estimate or a low-end estimate. By presenting the information in this way, we can say with 95% confidence that the hospital falls in that range.

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