What is Hospital Compare?
is a data registry with information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country. You can use Hospital Compare to find hospitals close to you and help you make informed decisions about which hospital will best meet your healthcare needs. However, in an emergency, you should go to the nearest hospital.
Using Hospital Compare
Step 1: Click here to get started on Hospital Compare's home page
Step 2: Search
- Enter your location. You may search by:
- ZIP code
- City and State
- Once you've entered your location, you may also narrow your search by entering a full or partial hospital name. This is optional
- Click 'Search.' A new screen will show hospitals that match your search criteria.
Step 3: View Results
- Now you should have a screen displaying the hospitals that match your search criteria.
- Up to 20 hospitals will be displayed on the screen
- If you would like to see more, click the page navigation buttons at the top or bottom of the list.
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- If you would like to see your results on a map, select the "Got to Map View" button on the right.
- You can add hospitals from the list to your account's favorites table by clicking the "add to My Favorites" link below the hospital of your choice. The link will navigate you to the MyMedicare.gov home page.
- If you are a MyMedicare.gov registered user, you can enter your information on the login page and then navigate to the workflow pages.
- If you would like to create a MyMedicare.gov account you can create an account and then navigate to the workflow pages to use this feature.
- You can modify your search by using the panel to the right.
- Location: Enter a different ZIP code, city and state, or state to change your location
- Hospital Type: Enter a type of specialty service you're looking for to narrow your hospital search results.
- Hospital Name: Enter or change the full or partial name of the hospital you're looking for to narrow your hospital search results.
- Once you've finished modifying your search, click the "Update Search Results" button. This new page will show results that match your new search criteria.
- You can click directly on the name of the hospital to navigate to that hospital's profile. See step 4 for more information on hospital profiles.
Step 4: Compare Hospitals
- You can compare up to three hospitals at a time by selecting the "Add to Compare" button below the hospital of your choice.
- You must select at least one hospital and up to three hospitals.
- The hospitals you have chosen to compare will appear in a list at the top of the page.
- In order to remove a hospital from your list of hospitals to compare, either:
- Click the check box next to the name of the hospital at the top of the page.
- Find the hospital you wish to remove in the search results list and click the "Remove from Compare" button under the hospital name.
- Once you've selected the hospitals you would like to compare, click the "Compare Now" button above the search results.
- On the "Compare Hospitals" page, information is grouped in tabs. Select any of the tabs to view the related information for your selected hospitals.
- You can click directly on the name of the hospital to navigate to that hospital's profile.
Step 5: Hospital Profile Page
- Information is grouped in tabs on an individual hospital. Select any of the tabs to view the related information for your selected hospital.
Step 6: Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Information
- To view a hospital's HAI data, select the "Complications" tab.
- Click on the "Healthcare-Associated Infections" drop down menu to see more information about facility HAI rates.
- Here you can see how well the hospital is doing on reducing rates for specific HAIs in comparison to the national benchmark.
- If you would like to see more information, such as the facility's standardized infection ratio and the total number of infections reported, click on the "View More Details" button.
- To see a graph of the HAI data for a facility, click on the "Show Graphs" button.
- To return to the table, click the "Show Tables" button.
What does the ‘standardized infection ratio’ mean?
The SIR compares the number of infections in a facility or state to the number of infections that were predicted to occur based on national data from previous years.
• SIR less than 1: the number of infections was less than predicted
• SIR is 1: the number of infections was about the same as predicted
• SIR more than 1: the number of infections was more than predicted
For more information on SIRs and how SIRs are calculated, please see our Progress Report