HHS site allows consumers to compare hospitals’ quality of care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week introduced Hospital Compare, a Web site that provides healthcare consumers with information on how well the hospitals in their area care for adult patients with certain medical conditions.

The site is intended to help consumers compare the quality of care hospitals provide. It uses data on hospital patients with heart attacks, heart failures or pneumonia to show how often hospitals provide various types of recommended care for adults with these conditions.