The following resources provide information and data on the healthcare industry including healthcare providers, physicians and institutions. These resources were made available to help the Rescue Union School District staff make sound and informed decision when it comes to their healthcare needs. The members of the Fringe Benefit Committee are committed in the search for the best resources, information and healthcare services for our colleagues.
Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Qualitytitle
Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM, Sr. Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality, Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine. One of the world’s leading authorities on patient safety, Dr. Pronovost developed a scientifically proven method for reducing the deadly infections associated with central line catheters. His simple but effective checklist protocol virtually eliminated such infections in ICUs across the state of Michigan, saving 1,500 lives and $100 million annually. The checklist protocol has since been implemented across the United States, state by state, and in several other countries. The New Yorker magazine says that Pronovost’s “work has already saved more lives than that of any laboratory scientist in the past decade.”http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/armstrong_institute/about/peter_pronovost.html
The Hospital Safety Scoreuses national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement.
TheMedical Board of Californiais a state government agency which licenses and disciplines medical doctors. The Board provides two principal types of services to consumers: public-record information about California-licensed physicians, and investigation of complaints against physicians.
The California Insurance Commissioner, UCSF and Consumer Reports developed thiscomparison tool to help Californians make informed choices by comparing the cost & quality of the healthcare options available to them. Prescription Drugs & Medications
The Consumer ReportsBest Buy Drugs site can help you identify drugs with the highest efficacy for your condition.
A hospital charge description master, also known as a chargemaster or CDM, contains the prices of all services, goods, and procedures for which a separate charge exists. It is used to generate a patient's bill. As required by the Payers' Bill of Rights, each hospital is required to submit a copy of its chargemaster, a list of average charges for 25 common outpatient procedures, and the estimated percentage change in gross revenue due to price changes each July 1st. Access the datahere.
To make our healthcare system more affordable and accountable, data are being released that show significant variation across the country and within communities in what providers charge for common services. These data include information comparing the charges for the 100 most common inpatient services and 30 common outpatient services.Read more.