About IPI

  • The Informed Patient Institute (IPI) is an independent nonprofit organization that provides credible online information for consumers about health care quality, patient safety and health care costs.
  • IPI rates the usefulness of online doctor, hospital, and nursing home report cards. We don't rate individual health facilities or practitioners — but we'll tell you who does.
  • We also provide Tip Sheets about what to do if you have a concern about quality in a hospital, nursing home or physician's office — starting in California, Connecticut, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
  • IPI also advocates for making more–and more useful–health care quality and cost information available to consumers.
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How We Rate Sites

Rating LegendWhat does Unique Content mean?Rating Legend

  • IPI staff rates websites that provide performance information about health care providers and professionals.
  • Sites are assigned a grade of "A" (outstanding) to "F" (not worth your time).
  • Sites that have unique content are given a "U" for Unique.
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IPI in the Press

Just Care: Don't be misled by "five-star" nursing home ratings, 9/19/2014

http://justcare.weebly.com/get-smar t/dont-be-misled-by-five-star-nursi ng-home-ratings

Consumer Reports: Six Tips for Choosing the Right Hospital for Surgery, 8/22/2014

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/ news/2014/08/six-tips-for-choosing- the-right-hospital-for-surgery/inde x.htm

Experts Question Hospital Raters' Methods, Modern Healthcare, 5/31/2014

http://www.modernhealthcare.com/art icle/20140531/MAGAZINE/305319980
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IPI Reports/Blogs

IPI Connecticut Hospital Quality Tip Sheet (9/14)

www.informedpatientinstitue.org/HOSQuality-CT.php

IPI Connecticut Dr. Quality Tip Sheet (9/14)

www.informedpatientinstitue.org/PHYQuality-CT.php

IPI Connecticut Nursing Home Quality Tip Sheet (9/14)

www.informedpatientinstitue.org/NUHQuality-CT.php

"A Report Card on Doctor Report Cards" - Prepared Patient Blog, 12/17/13

www.cfah.org/blog/2013/a-report-on-doctor-report-cards

"Tangled Web: Sorting Out Long Term Care Information Options" - An IPI report for the California HealthCare Foundation, November 2013

www.chcf.org/publications/2013/11/
tangled-web-ltc-options

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Hospital report card site reviews are now live in: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, N Dakota and S Carolina

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Sites that offer unique content that is worthwhile, but do not fit most of IPI's rating criteria, are given a "U" for Unique. As an example, perhaps a site provides information about complaints or regulatory actions not found elsewhere.