The Freakonomics blog points us to a new service being offered by the Department of Health and Human Services called Hospital Compare.
From the Hospital Compare site:
This tool provides you with information on how well the hospitals in your area care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions. This information will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide. Hospital Compare was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and organizations that represent hospitals, doctors, employers, accrediting organizations, other Federal agencies and the public.
The hospital we were born in does an excellent job of providing heart patients with smoking cessation counseling. Well, who knew? —MEGHANN MARCO