Using Medicare inpatient data, Healthgrades assembles helpful patient-safety information on a majority of the hospitals in the U.S. Users can search by hospital name or location to access information such as patient-experience scores, clinical quality ratings broken down by specialty, and reviews of specific providers within each hospital. This information is provided free of charge, and users do not have to register with the site in order to access it, though signing up for a free account allows users to save more hospital data for later use.
This section of the Medicare website lists hospitals in every ZIP code and publishes information on how each hospital performs in meeting Medicare's quality and safety standards. This allows patients to compare hospitals across regions.
Quality Check allows consumers to search and compare hospitals that have received a gold seal of approval by The Joint Commission, which oversees the accreditation and certification of nearly 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the U.S. Users are able to view a comprehensive accreditation history for each qualifying program, as well as quality reports made available for download.
The Leapfrog Group offers a free resource for comparing hospitals using data from survey responses. Searching by location allows users to compare hospitals against criteria such as inpatient management, maternity care, high-risk surgeries, and more.
This consumer-oriented website has tools to locate hospitals and physicians. It also features an annual ranking of hospitals, which can be sorted by location and specialty.