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But physicians and database experts caution that the information can be easily misconstrued or misunderstood.
The first public evaluation of how 141 networks of doctors and hospitals performed looks at five quality measures for patients with diabetes and heart disease.
Areas that offer the least expensive exchange premiums are marked by robust competition, salaried doctors and health systems that organize care.
In an area with moderate incomes and cost of living, insurance premiums on the new health law marketplace are nearly the highest in the country.
The ranking is based on the lowest price "silver" plan, which is the mid-level plan that the majority of consumers are selecting. The listed monthly premiums are for a 40-year-old person.
The new analysis is part of the government’s effort to improve the quality of care.
Insurance marketplace malfunctions have left some eager consumers in limbo as deadline to enroll nears. "I'm praying to God," one says.
One out of every six dollars Medicare spent in the traditional fee-for-service program went to nursing and therapy for patients in rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, long-term care hospitals and in their own homes.
The hospitals were rated on two-dozen measures, including surveys of patient satisfaction and death rates.
Harvard researchers find no difference in CEO compensation between hospitals that rate well in providing good care and those that do poorly.