Websites that Report the Cost and Quality of Healthcare
Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, has information and downloadable resources about medical tests and procedures. The initiative promotes conversations between clinicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is supported by evidence, not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received, free from harm, and truly necessary.
GoodRX provides prescription drug pricing from pharmacies nationwide to help users find the lowest prices.
Care Compare, run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), combines eight original provider comparison websites into a single source search and compare experience for any type of care needed. Users may find information about providers and facilities (physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and others) based on individual needs, get resources to choose healthcare providers, and make informed decisions about where to receive care. Although the tool was created for those with Medicare in mind, many of the measures apply to those who may not have Medicare.
The Leapfrog Group is a non-profit organization that promotes healthcare quality and safety through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey which collects and publicly reports information on hospital performance. Leapfrog also assigns the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. Hospitals that receive an A that are also top performers on the Hospital Survey receive the Leapfrog Top Hospital award. In 2020, the following five Maine hospitals were recipients of this elite national distinction: LincolnHealth, Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital, Pen Bay Medical Center, Stephens Memorial Hospital, and Waldo County General Hospital. Learn more
Nursing Home Compare, run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, allows users to compare the quality of care provided at Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes to help decide where to get care.
Physician Compare, run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, allows users to find and compare healthcare professionals enrolled in the Medicare program to help decide where to get care.
Compare prices of prescription drugs by pharmacy to receive discounts and find the best deal on prescriptions.