Pricing and Quality
This site includes information on quality measures, and understanding your hospital bill. The Washington State Hospital Association and its members believe patients have a right to know more about the prices hospitals charge for services. Patients should also know about how well hospitals are paid for the care they deliver and how much of the care delivered is not paid for.
We believe our patients and consumers should have open and honest access to information which evaluates and reports on the quality of care provided by our hospital and other health care providers. Below are a few prominent agencies with the most current and specific data.
If you have questions or concerns please call Christina Mackey, director of quality care, at 509-942-2241.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Hospital Compare* is a site where you can compare how well hospitals care for patients with certain medical conditions or surgical procedures, and results from a survey of patients about the quality of care they received during a recent hospital stay. This report is required for all hospitals to receive payment through Medicare.
*Hospital Compare - Data lags by several months, check the site for specific data download dates.
Washington State Department of Health
The Department of Health provides several websites for consumers.
- Adverse Events Reports* - describes any harm to a patient as a result of medical care
- Hospital Infection Rates* - details the infection rates for Central Lines, Ventilators and Surgery
*Adverse Events - Data is updated quarterly, check the site for specific data download dates.
*Infection Rates - Data lags by several months, check site for specific data download dates.
The Joint Commission
The Joint Commission is the nation's largest not-for-profit health care regulating organization. The Joint Commission* is an accrediting agency that evaluates the quality and safety of care for more than 15,000 health care organizations.
This site, which is part of The Joint Commission and called Quality Check®, is the most comprehensive listing of health care organizations available today. Quality Check now lists both Joint Commission-accredited and non-accredited organizations. Joint Commission accreditation/certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality and safety that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
*Joint Commission - Data lags by several months, check site for specific data download dates.