Wednesday, October 29, 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.

FULL STORY: Hospital death rates unveiled, giving patients first-time opportunity to compare.  USA TODAY created this graphic using data compiled by the federal government's Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency also has supplied the information to the more than 4,000 hospitals included and posted them on a government website called Hospital Compare.

ON THE WEB: Compare hospitals in your ZIP code
STANDOUTS: Hospitals with highest, lowest death rates

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