Four of the most popular ratings systems for hospital quality are often at odds, potentially confusing patients, according to an analysis published in Health Affairs.
Consumer Reports has released its latest round of ratings for physician offices, this time using survey response data from more than 52,000 patients throughout California to rate practices on how well they communicate with patients, offer timely care and service, coordinate patient care, help patients stay healthy and provide helpful office staff.
Despite what some media reports have to say, health insurance premiums won't "skyrocket" next year, according to an article by ConsumerReports.
Cesarean sections rates vary dramatically even between neighborhood hospitals, according to a Consumer Reports investigation, which determined that hospitals perform too many of the surgeries, driving up costs and increasing the risks for mothers and newborns.
U.S. hospitals vary widely on safety and likelihood of death from avoidable surgical complications, according to new rankings from Consumer Reports.
The Healthcare Association of New York State gave hospital graders a taste of their own medicine this week with the release of "HANYS' Report on Report Cards," which used nine criteria to grade 10 government and private organization-issued report cards, according to Kaiser Health News.
Cigna members can now take advantage of hospital ratings from Consumer Reports when they are considering where they should undergo surgery or other procedures.
The nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine released ratings of 2,463 U.S. hospitals in all 50 states on Wednesday, based on the quality of surgical care. The effort proved that having a popular hospital brand doesn't mean the surgical care provided at a facility is the best.
Consumer Reports looks at seven quality measures, including controlling bad cholesterol in patients with vascular disease.
Big-name, for-profit insurance companies didn't fare well in a national analysis of health plans by the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA), but integrated health systems and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan were winners.