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Here are some good links to start your search for information on a variety of healthcare topics.

Inclusion on this resource list does not imply a recommendation or endorsement of the resource nor the accuracy of information on third party Web sites. See NJHA Terms of Use.

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Choosing a Hospital

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Before Entering a Hospital; Second Opinions; Surgery

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Health Insurance Coverage

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Your Patient Rights

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Advance Medical Directives

  • "Put It In Writing"
    American Hospital Association (AHA). Offers a compilation of key resources that provide basic facts about advance directives and encourages patients to explore their preferences for care at the end of life. It includes easy to read advance directives, free, state specific advance directives, advice for communicating wishes to family and close friends and discusses legal myths. Documenting your wishes today means your family won't have to make heart-wrenching decisions later.

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More Hospital Compare Web Sites

  • Hospital Compare: A Quality Tool for Adults, Including People with Medicare
    [Web Site]. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
    "This tool provides you with information on how well the hospitals in your area care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions. This information will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide. Hospital Compare was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and organizations that represent hospitals, doctors, employers, accrediting organizations, other Federal agencies and the public. Talk to your doctor about this information to help you, your family and your friends make your best hospital care decisions."

  • Hospital Performance Report.
    [Web Site]. Trenton, NJ: N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services.
    Select hospital comparisons are provided on an interactive Web site where consumers can create charts comparing hospitals and review each hospital's performance over time. Consumer information also is provided including hospital patient rights, filing hospital complaints, taking an active role in your healthcare and how to choose a hospital or physician.

  • Quality Check: The Joint Commission
    [Web Site]. Chicago, IL: The Joint Commission. Quality Check is a comprehensive guide to the nearly 15,000 Joint Commission-accredited health care organizations and programs throughout the United States, including hospitals. It features a user-friendly format with checks, pluses and minuses to help you compare health care organization performance in a number of key areas. It provides information about a hospital's Joint Commission accreditation decisions and accredited programs, any special quality awards, a hospital's compliance with the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals, and its performance on National Quality Improvement Goals including children's asthma care, heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, pregnancy and related conditions, and surgical infection prevention.

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More Patient Safety Resources

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  • Caring Conversations™
    Center for Practical Bioethics. [Web Site]. Accessed: July 13, 2006.
    A consumer education initiative to help individuals and their families with end-of-life care. Each copy of Caring Conversations includes a healthcare directive document and a durable power of attorney for healthcare decisions.

  • Center for Medical Consumers
    [Web Site]. Greenwich Village, NY: The Center.

  • Consumer Health Ratings.com
    Consumer Health Ratings is dedicated to providing consumers with information they can use to make better-informed decisions about their health care. This Web site provides the most comprehensive listing of organizations that rate or report performance on specific hospitals, health plans, physicians, nursing homes, home health agencies and other health care providers in the United States.

  • Consumers Advancing Patient Safety (CAPS)
    [Web Site]. Chicago, IL: CAPS.

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  • Health On the Net Foundation (HON)
    [Web Site]. Geneva, Switzerland: HON.

  • Health Privacy Project
    [Web Site]. Washington, DC: Health Privacy Project.

  • HealthyNJ
    This Web site is by the University Libraries at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The content is designed to meet the information needs of consumers, with particular emphasis on New Jersey resources and needs.

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  • Medicare Rights Center: Your Guide Through the Medicare Maze
    [Web Site]. New York, NY: The Medicare Rights Center.

  • Medicare: The Official U.S. Government Site for People With Medicare
    [Web Site]. Washington, DC: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services.

  • MEDLINEplus®
    [Web Site]. Bethesda, MD: National Library of Medicine. The premier resource for up-to-date, authoritative and qualitative health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. Includes extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 600 diseases and conditions. Provides lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia, a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media and links to thousands of clinical trials. Updated daily, this Web site has no advertising.

  • myHealthFinder.com
    [Web Site]. Buffalo, NY: Niagara Health Quality Coalition.

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  • New Jersey Hospital Association, Quality Institute. "For Consumers"
    Provides a consumer safety brochure, a medication card and NJHA messages about patient safety and healthcare quality.

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  • The Pocket Guide to Staying Healthy at 50+
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a booklet for older adults that incorporates new research-based recommendations from the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force. The guide in available in English and Spanish and includes tips and recommendations on good health habits, screening tests and immunizations.

  • PSNet Patient Safety Network
    [Web Site]. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
    This portal provides resources for improving patient safety and preventing medical errors for many audiences. It can help consumers learn about all aspects of the topic. To find the resources specifically for a healthcare consumer, go to section marked 'Browse by Subject' and click on the link labeled 'Target Audience.' Then choose the link for either 'Patients' or 'Non-Healthcare Professionals.'

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  • Questions Are the Answer: Get More Involved With Your Healthcare
    [Web Site]. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
    AHRQ has released public service advertisements designed to encourage consumers to get involved in their health care by knowing and asking appropriate questions when visiting their doctor or other clinicians.

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