United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Hospital Compare

How To Use This Information

  How to use this information: 
Veterans Health Administration is working with The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to create and publicly report hospital quality information. This information measures how well hospitals care for their patients.

The hospital quality measures on this website show treatments for three of the most common and costly conditions that hospitals treat. Research shows that these treatments provide the best results for most patients with those conditions. Hospitals, doctors, scientists, and other health care professionals agree that these quality measures give a good snapshot of the quality of care that hospitals give. Hospitals should try to give all of their patients the recommended care when it is appropriate. The goal for each measure is 100 percent.

You should know, however, that a hospital's quality is more than just its scores on these measures. Hospitals provide care for other illnesses and conditions. Some hospitals may admit patients that are sicker. A hospital should be able to tell you what steps it is taking to improve its care. The information you will find on this website is intended to help you when you talk with your physician or hospital about how you can best get the care you need.  
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  Information about Hospital Performance:
Hospital performance rates tell you how often hospitals gave patients a recommended treatment. Only patients meeting certain criteria for a measure are included in the calculation of the rate for a measure. A rate of 88% means that the hospital provided the recommended process of care to 88 out of 100 patients. For example, the rates for aspirin at discharge for patients who have had an acute myocardial infarction -- a heart attack -- tell you the percentage of patients who received a prescription for aspirin before they were discharged from the hospital. Hospitals with effective quality improvement programs are always working toward the goal of giving the right care to the right patient at the right time.

The information posted on this website comes from the quality data submitted by hospitals to the VA Office of Quality and Safety for all inpatient discharges. Except where noted, the data reflect twelve months of experience and is updated on a rolling basis.  
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  Patients and Their Families:
If you are a patient or someone helping a patient with his or her health care decisions, you can use this information to:

Talk to your health care provider and local hospital staff about what this information means and how it can be used to make health care decisions. View information on other websites about hospital quality at U.S. Department of Health and Services, Quality of Care
Review the performance of hospitals in your state and gather other information about hospitals.
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  About the Veterans Health Administration:
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest health care system in America with 153 Medical Centers and hundreds of outpatient clinics. These health care hospitals all use VHA’s electronic health record. The computerized medical record is a good source of information to help the VHA understand how to improve our medical services 
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  A Note on Patient Privacy
The information on this website does not include any personal identifiers.
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