Healthcare costs and quality can vary enormously from hospital to hospital, physician to physician, and area to area. But consumer-friendly comparative information has been difficult to find. This Fast Facts is intended to steer NJBIA members to reliable sources of information.
—New Jersey Links—
To assess the quality of HMO plans available to New Jersey employers, review the HMO Quality Report Card by visiting http://www.state.nj.us/dobi/lifehealthactuarial/hmo2015/index.html or request a copy by calling 1-888-393-1062.
The hospital report card includes information on how well each hospital in New Jersey treats patients with heart attacks, pneumonia and heart failure using the recognized standard of care. View the report by visiting http://web.doh.state.nj.us/apps2/hpr/ where you can create charts comparing hospital performance over the past three years.
New Jersey Health Link
Visit New Jersey HealthLink at www.nj.gov/njhealthlink/, an online listing of the wide range of consumer healthcare resources, including all the state-run healthcare programs.
New Jersey Physician Profile Database
Interested in more information about your physician? Then visit the Physician Profile Database, an online tool which allows consumers to get information about a physician or podiatrist. The physician database Web site is located at http://www.njdoctorlist.com/home.jsp.
View useful information about employer-based health insurance in New Jersey by visiting www.njahu.org.
Prescription Drug Network Price Registry
The New Jersey Prescription Drug Retail Price Registry contains the prices for the 150 most-frequently prescribed drugs. To search for the lowest retail price for a specific prescription drug, please visit https://www6.state.nj.us/LPSCA_DRUG/index.jsp.
Hospital Performance Reports
IPRO has updated performance reports on its healthcare quality improvement website, comparing hospital-recommended care delivery to the improvement strategies of that nation’s top-performing hospitals. To view the reports, please visit http://whynotthebest.org/.
Informed Patient Institute
The Informed Patient Institute (IPI) is an independent nonprofit organization that provides credible online information about health care quality and patient safety for consumers. IPI rates the usefulness of online doctor, hospital, and nursing home report cards. http://www.informedpatientinstitute.org.
Hospital Safety Score
The Hospital Safety Score website – www.hospitalsafetyscore.org – allows visitors to search hospital scores for free and provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.
Patients should visit www.Sharecare.com for detailed questions and answers on how to stay safe and protect themselves during a hospital stay.
hospitals across the country. You can use Hospital Compare to find hospitals and compare the quality of their care.
Comparing Health Care Quality: A National Directory
A map-based listing of health care “performance measurement” resources, the directory links to 208 free and publicly available reports in 46 states, as well as 27 reports with information on the performance of physicians and hospitals nationwide.
—For More Information—
If you need additional information, please contact Mary Beaumont at email@example.com or 609-858-9516.
Updated: October 14, 2016
This information should not be construed as constituting specific legal advice. It is intended to provide general information about this subject and general compliance strategies. For specific legal advice, NJBIA strongly recommends members consult with their attorney.