It can be difficult to find health care providers like doctors, hospitals, or nursing facilities that meet your needs. Now, you
can find all of Medicare’s resources to compare providers and plans in one place, Medicare’s Quality Care Finder, available at
For help finding a long-term care provider, please visit www.longtermcare.gov.
What is the Quality Care Finder?
Why should Medicare.gov be the first stop when looking for a new provider?
The Quality Care Finder on Medicare.gov offers tools such as Hospital Compare, Nursing Home Compare, and Plan Finder in one
place that show objective information about the quality of health care providers and plans. These tools help you make “apples
to apples” comparisons among similar types of providers and plans. For example, you can check how often hospitals in your area
give the recommended care for certain conditions, compare nursing homes by their star ratings, look at health plan costs
side-by-side, and more.
What kind of comparison information is available?
- The quality of health care providers and facilities you choose can impact your health. Providers and facilities may vary
in how well they care for patients, and their experience with specific health conditions or procedures.
- Finding the right expertise and care for your needs may help speed up your recovery time and improve health problems.
- Getting personalized information when choosing a health plan may help you save on costs.
- Medicare’s Quality Care Finder helps you find all these tools in one place so you can choose the most appropriate providers
and plans for you and your loved ones.
- Compare Hospitals: Use Hospital Compare to compare Medicare-certified hospitals based on the quality of their care (for
example, the rate of readmission to the hospital within 30 days for certain conditions, like heart attack and pneumonia).
- Compare Nursing Homes: Use Nursing Home Compare to find Medicare-certified nursing homes based on services like dementia
care, ventilators or rehabilitation. Then compare their star ratings and the quality of care they give (for example,
whether residents have gotten their flu shots, are in pain, or are losing weight).
- Compare Home Health Agencies: Use Home Health Compare to find Medicare-certified home health agencies based on services
like skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech therapy and home health aides. Then compare each home health agency
based on the quality of their care (for example, how well they manage pain and treat wounds, keep patients safe, and more).
- Find a Medicare Health or Drug Plan: Use Plan Finder to get detailed, personalized information about the cost and
benefits of available Medicare health and drug plans.
- Compare Dialysis Facilities: Use Dialysis Facility Compare to find Medicare-certified dialysis facilities and their
services. Then compare each facility based on quality of care (for example, whether patients had enough waste removed
from their blood during dialysis treatments, or if their anemia was controlled properly).
- Compare Doctors: Use Physician Compare to find doctors based on medical specialty, clinical training, foreign languages
spoken, and more (for example, whether a doctor accepts the Medicare-approved amount as full payment).
To start benefitting from these valuable tools visit
Data are collected and updated regularly to ensure accurate information to help you make the best choices. You should discuss the
information with your doctor and loved ones, and visit the facilities you are considering. To learn more about Medicare and other
resources, visit www.medicare.gov, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. This information
prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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