Hospitals and Nursing Homes
Compare Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and other providers – Medicare.gov provides information about hospital quality performance and every Hospital Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country. Read about Care Compare reporting.
Guide to Choosing a Hospital – Medicare.gov
Best Hospital Finder – Find the best hospitals in the US by US News & World Report
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations – The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. This is a good source for investigations involving medical malpractice.
For additional information, see Malpractice
Urgent Care vs Emergency Room
You should go to urgent care when it’s not an emergency. Urgent care centers provide quick access to healthcare when your primary care physician’s office is closed.
Go to the hospital emergency room for life-threatening emergencies and after an accident because you may not know if you have a life-threatening emergency.
For more information, see Should you go to urgent care or the emergency room?