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CMC Hospital Compare Website: Important Factors

Explore the CMS Hospital Compare website (www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov) and review the data for each measurement category. Which performance measures in these categories are most important to consumers of health care services? Which performance measures are least important to consumers? Are consumers using the data on the CMS site to select a hospital? What other factors may influence consumer choice?

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The CMS Hospital Compare website provides important information to consumers choosing between hospitals. Key performance measures include the hospital type, if the hospital provides emergency services, and the ability of the hospital to track results electronically. Each of these measures indicates the overall sophistication of the hospital, an important ...

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This solution explores the CMS Hospital Compare website (www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov) and suggests the performance measures that are most important to consumers of health care services. It also discusses the least important performance measures, and if consumers are using the data on the CMS site to select a hospital, as well as other factors that may influence consumer choice.

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