USA Today Mortality Data Map

Updated:Oct 25,2012
Click this link for USA Today’s Mortality Data Map which provides death rates for every hospital in the U.S. for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia, based on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 30-day mortality data. This easy-to-navigate database allows you to check the performance of hospitals across the country, compared to the national average. 
 
The American Heart Association supports the efforts of organizations like CMS to improve the quality of patient care through transparent reporting of patient outcomes data.  Improved patient outcomes are the ultimate measure for improving quality of care.

However, please note that the CMS data have some limitations:  

    • These ratings should not be used as a head-to-head comparison of hospitals, in part because they exclude HMO patients or those younger than 65, and they do not include any patients with any history of Medicare hospice enrollment in the 12 months prior to hospitalization.
    • The ratings should not be used to determine where patients in critical situations should be transported.  In such cases, patients should call 9-1-1 immediately to be taken to the nearest available emergency medical center.