About Focus On Hospitals

We believe in the power of information.

For more than a decade, Missouri hospitals have been publishing hospital quality, community benefit and economic impact data online. Missouri hospitals were national leaders in the effort to publicly report infection data and hospital quality process measures. The effort continues to evolve and expand.

Focus on Hospitals is designed to help consumers explore pricing for Missouri hospital services, the quality of care delivered and how hospitals create value for the communities they serve. It’s a continuation of our conversation about improving hospital and health care in Missouri and a commitment to the next step in helping consumers understand their health care services.

Focus on Hospitals is owned and maintained by the Missouri Hospital Association, an organization representing more than 150 Missouri hospitals.


How to use the site

 

Searching for Hospital-Specific Data

You can find data for a specific hospital by selecting “Find A Hospital” on the site’s top-navigation bar. You will then have the option to search by hospital name or ZIP code. Once you find the hospital you’re looking for, select the “View Hospital” button.

Once on your selected hospital page, you have the option to view quality, pricing or community data from the dropdown on the right side of the page above the table. If you’d like to view pricing data, filter by inpatient or emergency data. Furthermore, if you select inpatient data, filter your results by category.

To compare results, select the + sign next to “add a hospital” and search for a hospital. You can compare a different hospital by selecting the + sign again.

 

Statewide Data

Statewide data can be found under “Hospital Data” on the site’s top-navigation. Similar to hospital-specific data, you can filter by price, quality and community data by using the dropdown above the table.

 

Chronic Conditions Maps

Chronic conditions maps also can be found under “Hospital Data” in the site’s top-navigation. You can select which map you’d like to view from the dropdown, and the map will auto-populate to display results.

 

Compatible Browsers

Compatible browsers for Focus on Hospitals include Firefox 42, 41, 40; Chrome 46, 45, 44; Internet Explorer “Edge”, 11, 10; and Safari 9, 8, 7.

Focus on hospitals can be best viewed in Google Chrome. Google Chrome can be downloaded for free here.

Adjusting data is a common statistical step to more accurately compare the outcomes among different hospitals. Some hospitals may serve patients that are sicker or poorer than other hospitals. Adjusting the data for the risk of needing care makes it possible to compare performance.

For example, a hospital that provides care to older patients will have different outcomes for chronic diseases than a hospital that provides care to a younger group of patients. Therefore, the data for these two hospitals would be age-adjusted to allow comparison. Other common types of adjustments include existing illnesses and sex.

In this report, quality information about preventable hospitalizations and readmissions have been adjusted to increase the comparability of data. The preventable hospitalizations have been adjusted for age group and sex.

The information for readmissions is adjusted for several factors. Currently, the government agencies responsible for reviewing quality information adjust the readmission data for age, past medical history and other diseases or conditions. However, there is emerging national research that suggest poverty and other community factors increase the likelihood a patient will have an unplanned readmission to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. Based on new research and suggestions, the readmission data in this report have been adjusted for age, past medical history, other diseases or conditions, as well as Medicaid status and neighborhood poverty rate.