Following is the text of a post from Alan Goldberg  identifying the CMS hospital report card. My thanks to Alan.



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Hospital Compare

Hospital Compare is a consumer-oriented website that provides information on how well hospitals provide recommended care to their patients. On this site, the consumer can see the recommended care that an adult should get if being treated for a heart attack, heart failure, or pneumonia or having surgery. The performance rates for this website reflect care provided to all U.S. adults.
This website was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), along with the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA). The Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA): Improving Care Through Information was created in December 2002. The HQA is a public-private collaboration established to promote reporting on hospital quality of care. The HQA consists of organizations that represent consumers, hospitals, doctors, employers, accrediting organizations, and Federal agencies. The HQA effort is intended to make it easier for the consumer to make informed healthcare decisions, and to support efforts to improve quality in U.S. hospitals. The major vehicle for achieving this goal is the Hospital Compare website.
The Hospital Compare website is updated periodically. This section provides links to the current website. Data from pervious Hospital Compare postings can be downloaded using the links below. 

Archived – April 2005 (1st & 2nd Q 2004) [Zip 1.6 MB] 
Archived – September 2005 (1st through 4th Q 2004) [Zip 128 KB] 
Archived – December 2005 (2nd Q 2004 through 1st Q 2005) [Zip 1.9 MB] 
Archived – March 2006 (3rd & 4th Q 2004 and 1st & 2nd Q 2005) [Zip 1.9 MB] 
Archived – June 2006 (4th Q 2004 and 1st, 2nd & 3rd Q 2005) [Zip 1.9 MB] 
Archived – September 2006 (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Q 2005) [Zip 1.9 MB] 
Archived – December 2006 (2nd, 3rd and 4th Q 2005 and 1st Q 2006) [Zip 2 MB]

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