Find and Compare Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Home Health Agencies in Your Area
Reviewing health care quality data can help make decisions about your health care, but it is only one piece of the quality puzzle. You should speak with your physician and other health care providers, hospital discharge planners, family and friends who may have experienced a similar situation and, when possible, to personally visit these facilities.
Long-term Care Ombudsmen advocate on behalf of individuals and groups of residents, provide information to residents and their families about nursing homes, and work to effect systems changes on a local, state and national level.
To speak with the Rhode Island Long-term Care Ombudsmen, call the Alliance for Better Long Term Care at (401) 785-3340.
The publications listed below provide more information about resources available in Rhode Island as well as services offered through the Medicare program.
- Are You a Hospital Inpatient or Outpatient - If You Have Medicare, Ask!
Did you know that even if you stay in the hospital overnight, you might still be considered an “outpatient”? Your hospital status (whether the hospital considers you an “inpatient” or outpatient”) affects how much you pay for hospital services (like X-rays, drugs, and lab tests) and may also affect whether Medicare will cover care you get in a skilled nursing facility. If you are re in the hospital more than a few hours, ask if you’re an inpatient or an outpatient. Click above to understand the differences in Original Medicare coverage for hospital inpatients and outpatients and how these rules apply to some common situations.
- Medicare and You – 2012
This is the official government handbook with information about, what's new Medicare costs, what Medicare covers, health and prescription drug plans, your Medicare rights and health information technology.