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.


   

 Headline News

The Boston Globe Spotlight Series on New Hampshire's Catholic Medical Center

A cardio-thoracic surgeon's malpractice record showed over 21 settlements; more than any other U.S. surgeon. Yet, that info was not on the NH Board of Medicine website for patients to access.

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: Rankings Of Hospitals By State.
From the Leapfrog Group, a leader in evaluating hospital quality and patient safety. Look up your hospital and compare it to others in neighboring cities or states.

Hospital Quality Check: Kaiser Health News has posted the list of US hospitals penalized by CMS through 2022 Hospitals were penalized for higher rates of  'hospital acquired conditions' (HACs) or complications and readmissions.  Look up hospitals in your state in the easy-to-use search bar.

 

 

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