About IPI

  • The Informed Patient Institute (IPI) is an independent nonprofit organization that provides credible online information about health care quality and patient safety for consumers.
  • 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, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
  • IPI also advocates for making more–and more useful–health care quality 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

Hospital Groups Strike Back at Hospital Rating Systems, Health Leaders Media, 3/10/2014

http://healthleadersmedia.com/pri nt/QUA-301762/Hospital-Groups-Str ike-Back-at-Hospital-Rating-Syste ms

Top Hospitals Aren't Always Tops, New Report Finds, NBC News, 7/31/2013

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/top -hospitals-arent-always-tops-new- report-finds-6C10802114

How to Shop Smart on New Health Exchanges - Wall Street Journal, 7/27/2013

http://online.wsj.com/news/articl es/SB1000142412788732456470457862 5802915036588 More in Media Reports...

IPI Reports/Blogs

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

http://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

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

State Health Insurance Marketplace Websites: An Update on Providing Consumers Information about Quality and Performance - AARP, September 2013

http://www.informedpatientinstitute.org/pdf/
State Health Insurance Marketplace Websites 12.30.13.pdf
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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.