Alex’s previous post was written from a private hospital. His medical team had no knowledge of AO. So frustrating. (Would it be too much to ask medical schools to hold required seminars on military exposures to toxins, etc..?)
“How to pick a good hospital” and “medical transparency” are hot topics today. Some online rating tools are available now–even for VA hospitals.
In emergencies, we get help wherever we can. Later one may have the luxury to study the hospital compare sites to pick the best follow-up care for one’s condition. These tools are useful to find the best doctors for second opinions. If an insurance company doesn’t pay for second opinions outside of their network, there are services like Medibid to turn to. (LINK)
Consumer Reports Free Hospital Tool for Safety scores/compare (LINK)
U.S. News Best Hospitals 2015-16 (LINK)
Medicare Hospital Compare (LINK)
VHA VISN Quality of Care Measures (LINK); Advanced data in online excel format which I cannot decipher or understand the statistics. (Can you figure it out?)
VA Quality of Care Homepage (LINK)
This site, Why Not the Best (LINK), has some VA hospitals in their database–use “veteran” as the keyword. They also have an awesome interactive map. Good video tutorial (LINK). Created by a The Commonwealth Foundation. Really useful.
Any others you like or have used?