Use The Texas Tribune Hospitals Explorer to learn more about the quality of care available at 367 Texas hospitals in 2012 and 2013 based on Medicare data collected and analyzed by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Find the Tribune's latest health care coverage here and the Hospital Compare data for more recent years at

Here's a look at the type of information you'll find in the application to help you evaluate Texas hospitals.

Emergency Care

How long could you expect to wait in a hospital's emergency department?

Clinical Care

Does the hospital have higher or lower rates of surgical complications and health care-associated infections than national standards?

Patient Outcomes

Are patients frequently readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged? Do more patients die within 30 days of being discharged than the national rate?

Patient Experience

Do other patients recommend the hospital? Does the medical staff communicate well, and are the rooms clean and quiet, according to previous patients?

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The information in the Texas Hospitals Explorer comes from Medicare data reported by hospitals and analyzed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Some information may not be available because the hospital's sample size was too small, the hospital did not have data to report, or the results were excluded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The Tribune selected the metrics shown after consulting with Medicare employees, hospital administrators, health care consultants and consumer advocates. For more information on the data, visit Hospital Compare at

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