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Health Care Reform: Compare Your Health Care Options
By Michael Braun



The Affordable Care Act makes many changes to the health care system in an effort to control costs, but that is not its only objective. Health care reform legislation was also designed to improve quality of care for patients.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains a website, www.healthcare.gov, with information regarding health care reform. The site includes links to resources to help you compare health care facilities near you based on a number of quality-of-care measures. These tools allow you to find facilities compatible with your medical needs and expectations.

Hospital Compare
Find hospitals near you and compare them based on a number of factors, including processes, outcome of care, surveys of patients’ experiences and more. Plus, filter by particular conditions or procedures to find the hospital that is best for your specific needs.

Nursing Home Compare
This tool provides information for every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. Find and compare nursing homes based on quality ratings, health inspection results, nursing home staff data and fire safety inspection results. Plus, this site offers additional resources to help you choose the right nursing home or learn more about alternatives to nursing homes.

Home Health Compare
This site allows you to compare home health services such as skilled nursing care, physical therapy, medical social services, home health aide services and more. Find agencies that provide the specific services you need and then compare based on various quality measures such as pain management, treatment and preventive practices.

Dialysis Facility Compare
Here you can access resources regarding chronic kidney disease, dialysis and choosing a dialysis facility. Also, find dialysis facilities near you and compare them based on services provided and quality measures.
Get Started Today

To get started choosing the best facility for your health care needs, visit www.healthcare.gov/compare/index.html and click on the appropriate link.



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