VHHA collects and evaluates an assortment of data for its members. Additional Virginia hospital/health system-specific data are available at Virginia Health Information and the Virginia Department of Health. Other state and national data resources are detailed below.
VHHA PricePoint is a consumer-friendly database of hospital charges, utilization and payer mix. It provides:
Aggregate discount information for each hospital for the three major kinds of health care coverage – private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. This information allows users to understand how hospitals’ charges compare to the amount of revenue they actually collect for services provided to the three patient categories.
Hospital charge information for all Virginia hospitals, all services and the average length of stay.
Publicly reported hospital charge, quality and safety data may not answer every question, but it should – at a minimum – provide a good and factual starting point for more informed discussion between consumers and insurers or consumers and providers of care.
Hospitals and health systems in Virginia have financial assistance policies designed to help low-income patients pay their hospital bills. These policies explain who is eligible for free or discounted care. To get information on a particular hospital’s policies, use the contact information or financial policy web site link that appears on the query results page for each hospital.
Hospital Compare is a federal web site operated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). On this site (http://www.HospitalCompare.hhs.gov) CMS publishes hospital performance data collected about indicators of quality, a national patient satisfaction survey as well as payment and volume information for each hospital. This quality and patient satisfaction data is required for all hospitals that treat Medicare patients. However, the patient satisfaction survey is collected from a random sample of all discharged adult patients. More information
Each year the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) releases its State Snapshots that provide detailed, state-level performance summaries on treating cancer, diabetes, maternal and child disorders, heart disease and other illnesses that impact quality of life, workforce productivity and insurance costs. Individual hospital data is not provided in these summaries.
The 2010 State Snapshots, developed with data from the National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report, are designed to illustrate three questions:
What is the current state of health care quality and disparities in my state?
How have health care quality and disparities changed over time?
Where is the need to improve health care quality and reduce disparities greatest?
A new feature in the 2010 State Snapshots is a State Resource Directory that provides best practices and innovations highlighted on AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange that can help states learn about what others have used to improve the quality and safety of health care services.
The Virginia Atlas of Community Health (http://atlasva.org/) is an online compendium of community health indicators for every city and county in Virginia. The indicators in the Atlas are classified into eight categories: Health Demographic Profile, Maternal and Infant Health Profile, Mortality Profile, Prevention Quality Indicator Hospitalization Profile, Health Coverage Profile, Adult Health Risk Profile, Child Health Risk Profile and Health Planning Designations. The Atlas is a valuable resource for community health needs assessments and other community health improvement efforts. This free resource is produced by Community Health Solutions with financial support from VHHA.
Hospitals large and small across Virginia improved patient safety through their participation in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 5 Million Lives Campaign. A total of 72 facilities made a commitment to implement improvement initiatives that address one or more of the 5 Million Lives campaign themes.
If you’re a health care professional, we hope these summaries will provide inspiration for your hospital’s own quality journey. Each author has provided contact information so you can ask questions and share experiences. And if you’re a health care consumer, we hope this campaign gives you a good idea of the continual, behind-the-scenes efforts that Virginia hospitals are making every day to provide the best possible care to you, your family, and every patient they serve.
For more than 20 years, the Dartmouth Atlas Project has documented glaring variations in how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional and local markets, as well as individual hospitals and their affiliated physicians.