Want to find out what we're about? Take your time looking around our site.  We want to make it easier for you to find helpful resources when faced with important healthcare decisions.

Do you or a loved one have a new diagnosis or healthcare journey?  You may want to start at the Patients & Families tab on the top menu bar for health topics and then the 'Top Picks' section for more sites with trusted medical information and patient support. The Your Diagnosis page under the Patient Safety tab has more on second opinions and printable tools you can bring to your doctor's appointments.

Told you need surgery?  Start by clicking the Surgery and Hospital Quality buttons above. Then check out the Patient Safety tab on the top menu bar to select from several important topics.  Considering a second opinion? Check out the Your Diagnosis page.

Need a new physician? Research their online reviews, medical certifications, professional licensing and any disciplinary actions under the Physican Reviews link above.

Have a concern about the care you received in a hospital or other setting? Under the Patient Safety tab, go to the Filing Complaints  section.

Are you or a loved one struggling with emotions after a medical care complication, unexpected outcome or patient harm?  The Betsy Lehman Center in Massachusetts has a Patient & Family Peer Support Network that can help.

  If you are happy with the care you received, put your compliments in writing and send them to the facility CEO (Chief Executive Officer). They will be shared far & wide with staff. You can locate CEO names and facility addresses by checking these websites: 1. Your hospital  2. The state Hospital Association  3. The State Department of Public Health Facility Licensing.


   

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How Do I Get A COVID19 Vaccine?

From the Centers for Disease Control. Links to every state's vaccine program. 

From Every Mother Counts, a FREE new video series that covers your Choices in Childbirth.

A new law that addresses surprise medical bills, The 'No Surprises Act' goes into effect January 1, 2022. Learn more here.

TakeCHARGE
Preparing ahead for being a patient can keep you safer in the hospital. Five easy steps anyone can do, with great videos & resources to get you started. 

U.S. PIRG Blog Post Death Certificates Breathe Life Into Setting Public Health Priorities 

Hospital Patient Safety Grades: State Rankings Of Hospitals With an "A: Grade.
From the Leapfrog Group, a leader in evaluating hospital quality and patient safety. Massachusetts and Maine made top five!

Hospital Quality Check: Kaiser Health News has posted the 2021 list of US hospitals penalized by CMS.  774 of 3204 hospitals were penalized for higher rates of preventable 'hospital acquired conditions' (HACs).  Look up hospitals in your state in the easy-to-use search bar.

 

 

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