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Clinical Trials

  • ClinicalTrials.gov
    A service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the site offers patients and families up-to-date information on thousands of clinical trials under way in more than 140 countries.

Community Health

  • Prevention Quality Indicators
    Offers insight into the quality of preventive health care in the community. Examines preventable hospital admissions by county for a range of health conditions, such as diabetes and asthma, which can be effectively managed outside the hospital.  Helps policy makers identify community health care needs and better target resources.

Health Research News

  • Healthcare 411 - features audio podcasts from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health. The 60-second audio news programs feature the findings of AHRQ-sponsored research that will interest consumers, employers, health care providers, researchers, educators and others.

Home Health Agencies

  • Home Health Compare -U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
    Federal database allows searches of Medicare-certified home health agencies. Provides information on Medicare-covered services, type of ownership, and agency performance on quality-of-care measures.

Hospitals

  • Hospital Performance Report
    Describes New Jersey hospital performance in treating patients with heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and patients having surgery. Ranks hospitals by county, region and treatment area. Provides links to health care resources. Gives advice on patient rights, patient safety and taking an active role in your health care.
  • Hospital Compare
    U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A federal database that provides data on acute-care hospital performance on 21 measures of quality care. Also includes contact information for hospitals, a checklist for choosing a hospital, and information on patient rights.
  • Patient Safety Annual Reports
    Reports on medical errors and examines trends in patient adverse events occurring in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. Falls, pressure ulcers, and surgery-related events are among the types of errors that must, by law, be reported to the confidential Patient Safety Reporting System.
  • Cardiac Surgery Report
    Reports on mortality rates for each New Jersey hospital performing coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Compares death rates for each hospital to the statewide average, and includes patient mortality rates for individual cardiac surgeons.
  • Bariatric Surgery in New Jersey
    Examines trends and outcomes in bariatric surgery to treat obesity. Includes data on numbers of procedures performed, total days in the hospital after surgery, complications, readmission and mortality for each hospital performing the procedure.
  • Cesarean Delivery
    Now performed in two of every five births, cesareans are increasing every year.  A series of reports examines trends, compares hospitals, and explores the medical consequences after cesarean delivery.
  • Breastfeeding in NJ Hospitals: A Comparative Report
    Successful breastfeeding depends to an important extent on hospital care before mother and baby go home. Report compares the proportion of mothers breastfeeding exclusively at hospital discharge, adjusting for demographic differences between hospital patient populations.
  • Inpatient Quality Indicators
    Compares New Jersey hospitals on 32 nationally recognized measures of quality of care.  Measures include death rates for various medical conditions and surgical procedures.  Includes hospital-specific scores, and statewide and national comparisons. 

Managed Care

  • New Jersey HMO Performance Report
    HMOs and point-of-service plans compared in areas of preventive care, treatment, and customer satisfaction. Report published by the Department of Banking and Insurance.

Medical Doctors, Podiatrists and Optometrists

  • New Jersey Health Care Profile
    Searchable database of profiles on individual medical doctors, podiatrists and optometrists.  Find information on credentials, education, disciplinary actions, hospital restrictions and malpractice payments. May include languages spoken and health plans accepted.  Search by geographic area, hospital affiliation and medical specialty. Site maintained by the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety.

Nursing Homes and other Long-Term Care

  • Nursing Home Compare - U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
    Find and compare nursing homes in New Jersey and nationwide. Includes quality ratings, information on nursing home oversight and staffing, and an overview of nursing home alternatives.
  • A Guide to Community-Based Long Term Care in New Jersey
    Guide for adults planning for their future financial, health and housing needs. Describes programs that provide medical, financial, legal, and social service assistance. Includes consumer checklists and helpful resources.

Patient Safety Reporting System

  • Patient Safety Annual Reports
    Reports on medical errors and examines trends in patient adverse events occurring in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. Falls, pressure ulcers, and surgery-related events are among the types of errors that must, by law, be reported to the confidential Patient Safety Reporting System.

Prescription Drug Prices

  • New Jersey Prescription Drug Price Registry
    Compare retail prices for the 150 most commonly prescribed drugs. Registry updated monthly by the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety


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