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Website Allows Patients To Compare Hospital Ratings

Until recently, it has been virtually impossible for patients to gather information that allows them to compare the quality of care that hospitals provide.  Now there is Hospital Care.  This website, which is hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, provides scores for more than 30 measures of care and service.  CMS officials hope that the website will encourage hospitals to improve their quality of care.  There is another laudatory benefit to the website, however.  It helps patients compare hospitals against other hospitals on issues such as how each hospital treats certain health conditions and which medical procedures each hospital performs.  This information enables patients to make better hospital care decisions.