Hospital Compare - CMS
A National Comparison of Northside Medical Center
The federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - known as CMS - provides data that allows consumers the ability to compare hospitals. Called "Hospital Compare," the measures provide a snapshot of hospital performance for three specific medical conditions: heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.
The data measures how hospitals managed those three conditions one year ago - during the first and second quarters of 2004. This data can be of great value to consumers and businesses if it is interpreted and used appropriately. It is important to consider the following points when reviewing the Hospital Compare data.
The data does not cover all areas of hospital quality. It is simply a starting point that should be a roadmap for consumers to ask questions.
The data, which comes from a combination of sources, is not fail-proof.
It's important to discuss any hospital quality data - regardless of its source with your physician.