Some Mass. hospital quality measures online

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Elizabeth Cooney, writing on White Coat Notes, alerts us to a change in data provided by the Massachusetts Hospital Association and the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives.

PatientCareLink, the new site, adds examples of hospitals improving their performance and, for patients, gives advice on choosing a doctor or hospital, according to Cooney.

The site allows you to view hospital staffing plans and performance measures, such as prevalence of bedsores, patient falls, heart attack care, pneumonia care and surgical care.

Some of the data comes from Hospital Compare (also participating hospitals. And there’s no apparent way to download the data for analysis, as you can from the Hospital Compare site (and AHCJ).

Of course, ratings of Massachusett’s hospitals also are available from the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council.

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