You may want to ask yourself some of these questions prior to making a decision on a hospital.
1) Is the hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations?
2) Is it rated highly by State or consumer or other groups?
3) Does your doctor have privileges at that hospital; if he or she does not, you will need to be open to treatment by someone else.
4) Is the hospital included/covered by your health plan?
5) Does the hospital have good experience with your condition, and good outcomes?
6) Does the hospital have quality control procedures, and does it work to improve outcomes on a regular basis?
Hope that helps!
Dana Jacoby is the founder/president of Med-Ed, a consulting company focused on patient and medical practice education. Dana holds a Masters of Management from Tulane and a Master of Health Systems from the UMDNJ.
It is wise of you to consider choosing a hospital before you need one. Your doctor will probably be associated with one. If you don’t have a doctor in Miami yet, you might consider choosing one based on his/her hospital affiliation. As Dana pointed out, a good resource for finding out about a hospital’s credentials is JCAHO (Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations). It is an independent, non-profit that reviews safety and quality of health care facilities. They actually have more than 18,000 accredited hospitals on their website – JCAHO.org.