The AZ Hospital Compare tool provides an online searchable database for people to make educated decisions about healthcare. The website allows patients and their families (anybody really) to explore the care and outcomes, costs and charges of Arizona’s licensed hospitals.
For example, expectant mothers can look for a hospital that excels in uncomplicated newborn deliveries or lower C-section rates. Patients planning a knee replacement or shoulder surgery can learn how much they would be charged at one hospital versus another and find out how hospitals compare when it comes to healthcare associated infections from surgeries. The online tool also can be used to develop and implement important health policies and best practice guidelines that will increase the quality of health care, while reducing costs.
It uses hospital discharge data along with the AHRQs MONHARQ data analysis tool. The website contains complete supporting documentation on the methodology used and integrated processes like the quality indicators and the cost-to-charge ratios.