Hospital Selection and Utilization

Guidelines for Choosing a Hospital

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCAHO) · No Number Listed
On home page, under “Information for…” click ‘general public.’ Then click ‘Helping You Choose Guides.’

 Hospital Ratings

Healthcare Choices  · No Number Listed
For report cards – on hospitals in a limited number of states – giving volume statistics and death rates for specific cardiac and cancer procedures.

Health Grades  · 303-716-0041
Offers ratings in the following areas: procedures/diagnosis; clinical or specialty excellence; patient safety.


For reports on accreditation status, click on ‘general public’ (as above), then on ‘Quality Check.’

The Leapfrog Group · 202-292-6713
This site offers ratings based on hospitals’ voluntary reporting of the steps they have taken to implement Leapfrog’s standards for quality and safety.

US News and World Report, Annual Best Hospitals Project · 202-955-2000 (to editorial board for comments only)

Ranks hospitals for the quality of the care for a variety of conditions. On home page, click ‘Best Hospitals.’


Niagra Health Quality Coalition – For NYS Residents · No Number Listed

In addition to comparing quality of hospital care for a variety of conditions, in this site’s 2006 New York State Hospital Report Card visitors can find disclosures by NYS hospitals of their hospital-acquired infection rates.


Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID) · No Number Listed
Visit this site to learn why hospital-acquired infections are a serious concern. to Learn what you can do to about it, click on 'RID's 15 steps'. 

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations
Click on “General Public” under “Information For…” Then Click on “Speak Up.”

Maine Health Management Coalition ·No Number Listed
This site also provides links to ratings of Maine’s hospitals based on their responses to a patient-safety survey.