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Citizens for Patient Safety Citizens for Patient Safety is a global grassroots organization. Our agency builds alliances between and within diverse communities united in a common purpose by building bridges between consumers, the medical community, insurance and the legal community to improve the healthcare system and quality that patient's receive. 
Colorado Hospital Report Card The Colorado Hospital Report Card has the primary purpose of ensuring that statewide hospital data and clinical outcomes are made available to the general public in a clear and usable manner. The Colorado Hospital Report Card will utilize standardized quality and clinical outcome measures that are endorsed by national organizations, with established standards to measure the performance of healthcare providers and hospitals.
Consumers Checkbook Provides independent, nonprofit consumer information on top doctors and hospitals in the Boston, Chicago, Delaware, Puget Sound, San Francisco, Twin Cities and Washington DC areas. 
Consumers Union Non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports. 
Department of Health and Human Services Hospital Compare Tool that provides information on how well hospitals care for patient with certain medical conditions or surgical procedures. 
Erika's List The big blue book of bookmarks for people with disabilities.
Federation of State Medical Boards The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is a national non-profit organization representing the 70 medical boards of the United States and its territories. The FSMB's mission is to continuously improve the quality, safety, and integrity of health care through developing and promoting high standards for physician licensure and practice. 
Health Grades Website to find address and city of Spinal Cord Injury doctors. The following states are not available: AK, KY, ME, ND, SD, RI, UT, VT, MT, DE, HI, ID, IA, WY. If you are in these states look at the surrounding states for service. On this site: Look at Research Physicians. Click on Physicians by city state, specialty. Click on the specialty menu. Click more specialties. Go to Orthopedic/Sports Medicine. In that section is Spinal Cord Injury Specialists. From there you can get address, Phone Number and detailed information on the quality of the SCI doctor. 
Joint Commission Provides information on how to become an active participant in your health care decisions.
Leapfrog Group The Leapfrog Group is a voluntary program aimed at mobilizing employer purchasing power to alert America’s health industry that big leaps in health care safety, quality and customer value will be recognized and rewarded. Among other initiatives, Leapfrog works with its employer members to encourage transparency and easy access to health care information as well as rewards for hospitals that have a proven record of high quality care.
Medicare Ombudsman Helping people understand how the Medicare Ombudsman is working to ensure people with Medicare get the information and help they need to understand their Medicare options, and to apply their rights and protections.
National Quality Forum Nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of American health care. 
Patient’s Right to Know House Bill 1331, Also known as the Michael Skolnik Transparency Act, is important legislation that increases the amount of disclosures on the Board of Medical Examiner’s website and makes searches more consumer friendly. The public can search physician’s medical background by: name, license number, board certification, specialty area, or city.
Rocky Mountain Patient Safety Organization Denver-based nonprofit that collects and analyzes data from clinicians and healthcare organizations to improve quality. 
UCompare.com Search engine that locates physicians, nursing homes, hospitals, and insurance. 
United States Department of Health and Human Services The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

Last Updated: August 1, 2013