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CMS Hospital Compare - The U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the best source for hospital quality and safety data. The data submitted to CMS is presented in a non-biased way for certain core measures for stroke, pneumonia, heart attack, heart failure and surgical care. This database enables you to compare quality apples to apples for hospitals across the United States. Some other quality ranking sources place higher weights on certain data measures and do not provide a true picture of hospital quality.

CMS Provider Charge Data - The U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services compiled hospital-specific charges for the more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals that receive Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) payments for the top 100 most frequently billed discharges  for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. Presented here are the provider's average total covered charges and average total payments.  Total payments consist of Medicare payments, beneficiary cost-share payments, and coordination of benefit payments.

Financial Assistance Policies and Community Benefit - Each hospital in North Carolina is required to have a financial assistance policy, detailing qualifications and procedures for accessing financial assistance. These policies are included on each individual hospital web site. The North Carolina Hospital Association has also compiled these policies for easy navigation.  The hospial association has also compiled the community benefit report for each hospital.

Guidestar – The vast majority of North Carolina’s hospitals are not-for-profit. Every not-for-profit is required to submit a 990 to the IRS. The 990s are all available to the general public for free and include information on organizations like income, expense breakdown, net assets, funded programs, top board member and staff compensation and lobbying expenses.

Healthcare Reform Timeline - The Affordable Care Act has many deadlines for healthcare providers and consumers  stretching into the year 2018.  See what is on the timeline and how it will impact you, your family and your healthcare providers.

NCHA Charges Report - The North Carolina Hospital Association has compiled a list of the top 35 procedure charges for all hospitals in North Carolina. Charges are somewhat arbitrary numbers created by hospitals because insurance company rates are frequently negotiated as a percent of charges. Charges do not represent what healthcare consumers or insurance companies pay hospitals for services. True payment amounts are significantly less that charges.