Medicare.gov

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About Medicare.gov

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A US Government website with healthcare information. The website is aimed primarily as an information service for Medicare recipients, but also contains health care statistics including the ability to compare hospitals against various metrics like heart-attack survival rates and infection rates.

Access the Data

The main website: http://www.medicare.gov/

To compare hospitals (HospitalCompare): http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/

And to download zipped hospital data on previous years (going back to 2005): http://www.cms.hhs.gov/HospitalQualityInits/11_HospitalCompare.asp

Contents of Data

Areas covered by the hospital survey include:

Medical Conditions

  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Failure
  • Chronic Lung Disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Diabetes in Adults
  • Chest Pain

Surgical Procedures

Heart and Blood Vessels

  • Angioplasty Procedures
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Valve Operations
  • Insertion of Heart Defibrillator
  • Pacemaker Implant
  • Major Heart and Blood Vessel Procedures
  • Head and Neck Blood Vessel Operations

Abdominal

  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Hernia Operations
  • Intestine Operations
  • Stomach and Esophagus Operations

Neck, Back and Extremities (Arms and Legs)

  • Back Fusion
  • Neck Fusion
  • Back and Neck Operations
  • Operations on Upper Extremities (Arm and Shoulder)
  • Operations on Lower Extremities (such as Hip, Knee, Ankle)
  • Other Bone Procedures
  • Bone Removal

Bladder, Kidney and Prostate

  • Kidney and Bladder Operations
  • Other Kidney and Bladder Operations
  • Prostate Removal

Female Reproductive

  • Female Reproductive Operations