U.S. hospital mortality rates posted online for consumers

08/21/2008 | USA Today

CMS has released its best estimates of hospital death rates across the U.S. to USA TODAY, which posted the information on its Web site. The data -- also available on hospitalcompare.hhs.gov -- include deaths from heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia and cover two years. The information will help empower consumers to influence the quality of their medical care, one expert said.

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