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How Do We Get This Data?

The quality and safety data we show on this website is primarily from publicly available sources, such as Medicare’s Hospital Compare website.

  • Number of patients treated – CMS Hospital Compare
  • Readmission rate – CMS Hospital Compare
  • Mortality rate – CMS Hospital Compare
  • Case Mix Index – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Inpatient Patient Experience – CMS Hospital Compare
  • Infection data – CMS Hospital Compare

The federal government (Medicare) rates hospitals using this gathered data. Third-party organizations also rate and rank hospitals. We have looked at many of these organizations’ methods and found Consumer Reports® (CR) to be the most independent, reliable and effective. Its formatting is also widely recognized by the general public and is easier and quicker to understand.

Medicare and Consumer Reports ratings of Dartmouth-Hitchcock can be reviewed here:

We have used this data to compare our performance to other hospitals, choosing academic medical centers in New England that are of a similar size, to show how we compare to hospitals that are like Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

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