Online reports provide ways for you to compare health-care options

How do Treasure Valley hospitals and home health agencies stack up on quality, price and other measures you care about?
Where and when did your doctors get their medical degrees? How long have they been in practice? Have they ever been disciplined? Denied the opportunity to buy liability insurance?

Read on, but always discuss the following reports with your doctors or other health-care professionals before you make decisions based on them.

Joint Commission - Hospitals

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
This is the leading health-care accrediting body in the United States. Joint Commission professionals visit hospitals and other facilities or organizations, interview staff and patients and view records and procedures.

Which Treasure Valley hospitals are the best at treating heart-attack patients: Veterans Administration Medical Center, West Valley Regional Medical Center, St. Luke's Boise Regional Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center or St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center? To find out, link to comparative chart at the Joint Commission.

Individual facility reports are available for the following Treasure Valley hospitals, as well as other hospitals in the region. Use the blue menu on the left side of each hospital's page to link to: a summary of quality information, the hospital's accredited programs, and to see how the hospital stacks up to national standards on specific measures for patient safety and quality improvement, among other items. Don't forget to look at the consumer guides. They provide important information about how to use the reports.

Boise
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
St. Luke's Boise Regional Medical Center
HealthSouth Treasure Valley Hospital
Intermountain Hospital
Veterans Administration Medical Center

Nampa
Mercy Medical Center

Caldwell
West Valley Medical Center

Mountain Home
366th Medical Group, Mountain Home

Ontario
Holy Rosary Medical Center, Ontario, Ore. (Listed under Dominican Sisters of Ontario Inc.)

Garden Valley
Project Patch

Joint Commission - Home health agencies

The Joint Commission also accredits home health-care agencies that meet standards for quality care. See their index of all accredited home-health agencies.

Boise
ATS Wheelchair and Medical, 1610 North Orchard St.
Critical Care Systems,12301 W Explorer Dr, Suite 100
Orbit Medical, Inc Corporate Offices, based in Salt Lake City, provides care in Boise
Praxair Healthcare Services, Inc., Salt Lake City, has services in Boise
St. Luke's Boise Regional Medical Center
Veterans Administration Medical Center

Nampa
MedNow Medical Supply - Nampa, 1311 12th Avenue Road
Mercy Medical Center

Caldwell
CPAPnow Inc., 2423 S. Georgia

American Hospital Directory

The American Hospital Directory provides free online data for over 6,000 hospitals, including many in Southern Idaho. The information you get includes:
- how well the hospital is doing financially
- all of the clinical services it provides
- its JCAHOaccreditation status, with links to those reports
- information on how long some patients stayed in the hospital for various types of ailments
- and the size of their hospital bills
- the number of patients who use the emergency room and other outpatient services, along with the average size of their bills.

Link to a search results page, that lists 51 Idaho hospitals, including:

Boise
Boise Veterans Administration Medical Center
St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise
HealthSouth Treasure Valley Hospital
Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital
Intermountain Hospital
St. Luke's Boise Regional Medical Center
Sun Behavioral Health of Boise

Nampa
Mercy Medical Center

Caldwell
West Valley Regional Medical Center

Others
Cascade Medical Center
366th Medical Group, Mountain Home Air Force Base
Elmore Medical Center
McCall Memorial Hospital
Walter Knox Memorial Hospital, Emmett
Weiser Memorial Hospital
Holy Rosary Medical Center, Ontario, Ore.

IDACARE

At IDACARE you can find out your doctors' education; where they went to school and when they graduated; specialty certifications; where they have practiced and for how long at each place; whether they have been disciplined; malpractice history; and whether they are part owners of other health facilities; laboratories, equipment or other services they might be referring patients to.

The profiles are mandated by the Idaho Legislature under the Patient Freedom of Information Act. Each profile must include a statement, signed under oath, attesting to the correctness and completeness of the information. However, the information is not verified by any of the Idaho boards that regulate health practitioners. A quick look shows doctors are using the self-reporting system much more than other licensed health-care professionals.

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Bureau of Facility Standards

See state reports on surgery centers, dialysis centers, home health agencies, hospices, nursing homes and more. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Bureau of Facility Standards licenses and certifies hundreds of hospitals, nursing homes and other health-care providers in Idaho.

It tries to measure quality, and it investigates public complaints. All the bureau’s reports completed on or after June 1, 2006, are available online. To see them, click here.

Scroll down the Web page to "Survey Results Index" and click on one of 10 categories, including: ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis centers, home health agencies, hospice agencies, hospitals (all types), long term care facilities (nursing homes) or assisted living.

Ambulatory surgery centers

Click here to see results for the following ambulatory surgery centers. Licensed facilities include:
Ambulatory Surgery Center of Boise
Boise Center for Foot Surgery, Boise
Boise Endoscopy Center, Boise
Eagle Eye Surgery and Laser Center, Meridian
Emerald Surgical Center, Boise
Healing Arts Day Surgery, Nampa.
Idaho Endoscopy Center, Boise
Idaho Interventional Pain Center, Boise
Idaho Surgery Center, Caldwell
Intermountain Surgery Center, Boise
IPC Surgical Center, Boise
Jefferson Day Surgery Center, Boise
McKim Surgery Center, 909 N. Liberty St., Suite 300, Boise
Mercy Ambucare, Nampa
Meridian Endoscopy Center, Meridian
Orthopedic Surgery Center of Idaho, Boise
Pacific Cataract & Laser Institute, 250 Bobwhite Court, Suite 100, Boise
Pain Care Center Boise
Premier Surgical Center, Boise
River Run Surgery Center, Boise
Southwest Idaho Surgery Center Inc., Boise
Surgery Center of Idaho, Meridian
Surgicare Center of Idaho, Boise
Vision Care Center of Idaho, Meridian

Dialysis Centers

Click here to see results for the following dialysis centers. Licensed facilities include:
Boise Dialysis, Meridian
St. Alphonsus Nephrology Center, Nampa
Table Rock Dialysis Center, Boise
Treasure Valley Dialysis Center, Meridian

Home Health Care

Making informed decisions about home health care can be difficult, but a checklist and other information are available at Qualis Health to help you make informed decisions for yourself or your family.

Click here to see Bureau of Facility Standards reports on home health agencies in Idaho:
Licensed facilities include:
Family Home Health, Meridian
First Choice Home Care, Boise
Four Rivers Home Health & Hospice (Integri Care Inc.) Meridian
Gem Home Health Agency, Emmett
Guardian Home Care Inc., Nampa
Holy Rosary Medical Center, Ontario, Ore.
Horizon Home Health & Hospice Inc., Meridian
Idahealth Home Care Inc., Meridian
Legacy Home Health Care, Meridian
Multicare Home Health Inc., Meridian
Progressive Nursing Services, Boise
St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Home Health Services, Boise
St. Luke’s Home Care Service, Boise
Waterford Home Health Agency, Meridian
Weiser Memorial Home Health, Weiser

Hospice agencies

Click here to see Bureau of Facility Standards reports on these licensed facilities:
Boise Memorial Hospice, Boise
Care First Hospice, Boise
Four Rivers Home Health and Hospice, Meridian
Guardian Home Care and Hospice, Nampa
Harrison’s Hope, Meridian
Heart N Home Hospice & Palliative Care, Fruitland
Hearts for Hospice, Boise
Horizon Hospice Inc., Meridian
Legacy Hospice, Meridian
Life’s Doors Hospice, Boise
Mercy Hospice, Nampa
St. Luke’s Hospice, Boise
XL Hospice Inc., Payette

Hospitals (All Types)

Click here to see Bureau of Facility Standards reports on these licensed facilities:
Cascade Medical Center, Cascade
Elmore Medical Center, Mountain Home
Healthsouth Treasure Valley Hospital, Boise
Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital, Boise
Intermountain Hospital, Boise
McCall Memorial Hospital
Mercy Medical Center, Nampa
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise
St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, Boise
Sunhealth Behavioral Health System for Boise, Boise
Walter Knox Memorial Hospital, Emmett
Weiser Memorial Hospital, Weiser
West Valley Medical Center, Caldwell

Nursing homes (skilled nursing facilities)

Click here to see Bureau of Facility Standards reports on these licensed facilities:
Aspen Transitional Rehabilitation, Meridian
Boise Health and Rehabilitation Center, Boise
Boise Samaritan Village
Canyon West Health and Rehabilitation Center, Caldwell
Capitol Care Center, Boise
Elmore Medical Center Nursing Home, Mountain Home
Emmett Rehabilitation & Health Care, Emmett
Idaho Elks Rehabilitation and Subacute Hospital, Boise
Idaho State Veterans Home, Boise
Karcher Estates, Nampa
Life Care Center of Boise, Boise
Life Care Center of Treasure Valley, Boise
McCall Care and Rehabilitation, McCall
Marquis Care at Shaw Mountain, Boise
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Transitional Rehabilitation Unit, Boise
SunBridge Care and Rehabilitation Emmett, Emmett
SunBridge for Nampa, Nampa
SunBridge Rehabilitation for Meridian, Meridian
SunBridge Rehabilitation for Payette, Payette
Trinity Mission Health & Rehabilitation of Holly, Nampa
Trinity Mission Health & Rehabilitation of Midland, Nampa
Valley View Retirement Community, Boise
Weiser Care and Rehabilitation Center, Weiser
West Valley Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility, Caldwell

Rehabilitation agencies (outpatient physical therapy)

Click here to see Bureau of Facility Standards reports on these licensed facilities:
Foothills Physical Therapy, Boise
Intermountain Physical Therapy and Rehab, Boise
Mountain Land Rehabilitation of Idaho, Boise
Saint Alphonsus Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, Boise

Residential care or assisted living

Click here to see Bureau of Facility Standards reports on these licensed facilities:
Aarenbrooke Place, Cory Lane, Ashley Manor, Boise
Aarenbrooke Place, Reedy Lane, Ashley Manor, McCall
Aarenbrooke Place, Storybook Way, Eagle
Abundant Living Residential Care, Caldwell
Agape Residential Care Home, Boise
Almost Home, Meridian
Alterra Wynwood at Riverplace, Boise.
Amber Lane Residence – Amber Lane Inc., Boise
Amerihome Assisted Living, Nampa
Apple Valley Residential Care, Emmett
Ashley Manor – Beverly Hills, Ashley Manor, Payette
Ashley Manor – Cloverdale, Ashley Manor, Boise
Ashley Manor – Crescent, Ashley Manor, Caldwell
Ashley Manor – Harmony, Ashley Manor, Boise
Ashley Manor, Hill Road, Ashley Manor, Boise.
Ashley Manor, Hyde Park, Boise
Ashley Manor, Iowa, Caldwell
Ashley Manor, Middleton
Ashley Manor, Midland 1, Nampa
Ashley Manor, Midland 2, Nampa
Ashley Manor, Mountain Home
Ashley Manor – Storybook Way #1, Eagle
Ashley Manor Care Centers, Elgin Way, Boise
Ashley Manor Care Centers, Highmont, Boise
Ashley Manor Care Centers, Orchard, Boise.Aspen Ridge Residential Care – Linden Tree Enterprises, Boise
Assisted Living on Shamrock, Nampa
Basil Celany Living Center, Boise
Beehive Homes, Assisted Living Centers Inc., four in Meridian, one in Star and one in Nampa
Butte View Manor, Emmett
By His Grace Care Home, Caldwell
Cedar Crest Residential Care, Mountain Home
Cedar Grove Assisted Living Inc., Meridian
Cheryl’s Country Place, Nampa
Clearwater House, Assisted Living Concepts Inc., Nampa
Cottage at Boise Samaritan Village, Boise
Cottages of Emmett, Emmett
Cottages of Meridian at Bridgetower, Meridian
Cottages of Middleton, Middleton
Cottages of Mountain Home, Mountain Home
Cottages of Payette, Payette
Cottages of Weiser, Weiser
Country Care Assisted Living of McCall
Country Care at Cottonwood, Nampa
Country Care at Heritage, Caldwell
Country Care at Midland, Nampa
Country Care at the Islands, Nampa
Country Care at the Meadows, Nampa
Country Care Homes, Boise
Country Inn, Nampa
Country Time Assisted Living Center, Star
Curtis House – Wolfe Creek Assisted Living Communities, Boise
Diamond View Assisted Living Community, Meridian
Emerald Dignified Living, Boise
Emerson House at River Pointe, Boise
Emmett Serenity Retirement & Assisted Living
Franklin House, Boise
Gem State Residential Care Home #3, Nampa
Glenwood Manor, Boise
Grace Assisted Living, Nampa
Grace Assisted Living of Fairview Lakes – Grace at Fairview Lakes, Meridian
Grace Memory Care of Nampa
Hancock House, Boise
Happy Kamper, Boise
Harbor House, Nampa
The Haven, Nampa
Hawthorne Assisted Living, Boise
Heritage Retirement Center of Boise, Boise
Hettinger Living Center, Boise
Hillcrest, Boise
Indianhead Estates, Weiser
Idaho State Veterans Home, Boise, Boise
Ivy Gardens Assisted Living, Nampa
Ivy Place Residence, Boise
Jefferson House, Boise
Karcher Estates, Nampa
Kildow Residential Care Facility, Nampa
Kuna Living Center, Kuna
Markham Residential Care Inc., Star
Meyer Manor II, Meridian
Midland Manor, Nampa
Oasis Shelter Home, Caldwell.
Paramount Parks at Boise Alzheimer’s, Boise
Paramount Parks at Boise, Boise
Paramount Parks Health Care at Eagle, Eagle
Park Center Assisted Living, Boise
Park Place Assisted Living Community Inc., Nampa
Parma Living Center, Parma
Phillippi House, Boise
Plantation Place Retirement & Assisted Living, Boise
Powerline Residential Care, Nampa
Prestige Assisted Living at Autumn Wind, Caldwell
Quaker Ridge, Meridian
R& V Shelter Home, Nampa
Regency Columbia Village, Boise
Riviera Residential Care, Boise
Rose Haven, Nampa
Rosewind House, Boise
Royal Villa, Payette
Serenity Guest Home Elderly Care, Boise
Spaulding House, Boise
Spring Creek Manor – Meridian, Meridian
Spring Creek Manor IV, Eagle
Streamside Assisted Living, Nampa
Summer Wind, A Retirement & Assisted Living Community Boise
SunBridge Rehabilitation & Living Center for Meridian
SunBridge Retirement & Rehabilitation for Nampa
Tenabo Homes Assisted Living, Meridian
Trinity at 1st St., Meridian
Trinity at Lewis & Clark, Boise
Valley View Assisted Living, Boise
Virginia Rose Resident Inn, Boise.
Willow Park Assisted Living, Regent at, Boise

Rural health clinics

Click here to see Bureau of Facility Standards reports on these licensed facilities:
Cascade Family Practice, Cascade
The Clinic at Middleton, Middleton
Emmett Medical Center, Emmett
Kuna Family Medical Clinic, Kuna
Parma Family Health Clinic, Parma
Salmon River Clinic, Stanley
Saint Alphonsus Medical Group – Elm, Caldwell
Saint Alphonsus Medical Group – Iowa Avenue, Nampa
Trinity Mountain Family Practice, Mountain Home
Two Rivers Medical Clinic, Weiser

Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Mental Retardation

Click here to see Bureau of Facility Standards reports on these licensed facilities:
Boise Group Home #1 (Pennfield), Boise
Boise Group Home #2, Molly Court, Boise
Boise Group Home #3, (Peppercorn), Boise
Boise Group Home #4, (Eshelman), Boise
Boise Group Home #6 (Delmar) Boise
Boise Group Home #7 (Daniel), Boise
Boise Group Home #8 (Delmar #2) Boise
Communicare Inc., #1 (Gem), Nampa
Communicare Inc., #2, (Boone) Nampa
Communicare Inc. #3, (Pond), Boise
Communicare Inc, #4, (Leland), Boise
Communicare Inc., #5, (Kuna), Kuna
Communicare Inc., #6 (Weiser) Weiser
Communicare Inc., #7, (Cougar) Nampa
Idaho State School and Hospital, Nampa
Independent Living Services, Five Mile, Boise
Independent Living Services, Freedom, Boise
Independent Living Services, Milclay, Boise
Independent Living Services, Summerwind, Boise
Mikylar’s World, Horseshoe Bend
Preferred Community Homes, (Bedford) Meridian
Preferred Community Homes, Cougar Creek, Meridian
Preferred Community Homes, Elk Run, Meridian
Preferred Community Homes, Fieldstone, Meridian
Preferred Community Homes, Mallard, Meridian
Preferred Community Homes, Milliken Heights, Nampa
Preferred Community Homes, Sunset Oaks, Nampa
Preferred Community Homes, Vineyards, Meridian
Tomorrow’s Hope, Armga, Meridian
Tomorrow’s Hope, Eagle, Eagle
Tomorrow’s Hope, Meridian, Meridian
Tomorrow’s Hope, Navarro, Meridian
Tomorrow’s Hope, Sapphire, Meridian