- Active Hospitals Only
Checking this box will exclude inactive provider numbers from your search. Inactive
provider numbers include hospitals that converted from acute care to critical access status,
closures, mergers, etc.
- CMS Certification Number
All facilities that participate in the Medicare program are assigned a unique number that
identifies the facility and is used for claims processing, cost reporting, etc. This number was
originally referred to as the "Medicare Provider Number" but is now known as the CMS
Certification Number (CCN). (Searching on a CCN will result in only one hospital.)
- NPI (National Provider Identifier)
The Administrative Simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) mandated the adoption of a standard unique identifier for health care
providers. A hospital may operate multiple entities. Sometimes these may include facilities or
services that operate under the same provider number. Such Associated NPIs are identified by the
hospital. (Searching on a provider number will result in only one hospital.)
- Hospital Name
Hospital Name, city, state, ZIP code, and telephone area code are taken from three
sources according to the following precedence:
- Information may be collected and updated as the result of direct communications with
hospitals, news items, etc. Such information has highest precedence over other
- Information may be collected or updated directly from a hospital's website or from a system's website.
- Information for hospitals without websites may be taken from their most recent
Medicare cost report and/or the Medicare Provider of Services file. (Data for these
hospitals are updated quarterly as new versions of these files become available. Data
from these sources are only used when information is not available from a website or
through direct communications.)
Searching by city, state, or ZIP code is a good way to narrow your search to a geographic
area. Searching by name can be challenging unless you are sure you know the exact name.
(If you have trouble you might want to use the Quick Search instead.)
- Type of Facility
The type of facility is determined from the last four digits of its Medicare provider
number. (To select more than one hold down the Ctrl key in Windows or the
Command key in Macintosh as you select from the drop-down box.):
|Short Term Acute Care
||none of above
- Services Provided
The presence of a clinical service is determined using data from a hospital's most recent
Medicare Cost Report, Medicare inpatient claims data, Medicare outpatient claims data, and other
sources. Specifications used to identify the presence of a service are documented on the
Profile report in the section where the services are reported. Services are listed
alphabetically in the pull-down box but listed categorically on the Profile report. (To select
more than one hold down the Ctrl key in Windows or the Command key in Macintosh as you
select from the drop-down box.)
- Types of Control
A hospital's type of control is taken from its most recent Medicare cost report (HCRIS
file). "Voluntary" hospitals are also known as "Not-for-profit" hospitals and may be owned by a
religious organization or other entity. "Proprietary" hospitals are also known as "For-profit"
hospitals and may be owned by an individual, business partnership, or corporation. There are
hospitals that may be owned by federal, city, state, or local governments. (To select more than
one hold down the Ctrl key in Windows or the Command key in Macintosh as you select from the
- Voluntary Nonprofit, Church
- Voluntary Nonprofit, Other
- Proprietary, Individual
- Proprietary, Corporation
- Proprietary, Partnership
- Proprietary, Other
- Governmental, Federal
- Governmental, City-County
- Governmental, County
- Governmental, State
- Governmental Hospital District
- Governmental, City
- Governmental, Other
- Teaching Status
Some hospitals are associated with a medical school and serve as a practical educational
site for medical students, interns, and residents. There are three ways to search for such
hospitals by clicking on the corresponding category in the drop-down box.
- Hospitals with major teaching programs are typically members of the Council of
- Hospitals with significant teaching programs are typically members of the American
College of Graduate Medical Education
- Hospitals with any type of teaching program are identified on their Medicare Cost Report
- Health Care System
Hospital affiliations are obtained from websites and other commercial sources. System
affiliations are continually monitored and update through industry news sources (i.e.
acquisitions, divestitures, etc.). You can select hospitals from a specific system by clicking
on it in the drop-down box.
- Bed Size Range
Numbers of staffed beds are taken from a hospital's most recent Medicare cost report.
Cost report instructions define staffed beds as, "the number of beds available for use by
patients at the end of the cost reporting period. A bed means an adult bed, pediatric bed,
birthing room, or newborn bed maintained in a patient care area for lodging patients in acute,
long term, or domiciliary areas of the hospital. Beds in labor room, birthing room,
postanesthesia, postoperative recovery rooms, outpatient areas, emergency rooms, ancillary
departments, nurses' and other staff residences, and other such areas which are regularly
maintained and utilized for only a portion of the stay of patients (primarily for special
procedures or not for inpatient lodging) are not termed a bed for these purposes.
There are two ways to identify hospitals according to their number of beds:
- Routine beds are general medical/surgical beds used for routine care.
- Special Care beds include Intensive Care Units, Coronary Care Units, etc.
You can specify a minimum and/or a maximum number of beds for either (or both) when
defining your search criteria.
- Annual Discharges
The total number of inpatient discharges (all payors) is taken from a hospital's most
recent Medicare Cost Report. You can specify a minimum and/or a maximum number of discharges
when defining your search criteria.
- Total Patient Revenue
The total patient revenue (inpatient and outpatient) is taken from a hospital's most
recent Medicare Cost Report. You can specify a minimum and/or a maximum revenue amount when
defining your search criteria.
Medicare classifies a hospital as either "Urban" or "Rural" based on its location. The
classification is based on Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) that are defined by the Census Department based on functional regions
around urban centers of at least 10,000 people. Hospitals within a CBSA are considered urban and those that are not within a CBSA are considered rural. (Hospital's can, however,
be reclassified from rural to urban if they meet certain criteria.) You can specify urban
hospitals only, rural hospitals only, or only hospitals from a particular CBSA when defining your search criteria.
- Group Purchasing Organizations
Most hospitals belong to one or more Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) so that they
can benefit from lower supply prices negotiated on behalf of a group of hospitals. You can
specify only hospitals associated with a specific GPO when defining your search
You can specify only hospitals within certain counties when defining your search
criteria. You must first select a state from the pull-down box and then select one or more
counties from the corresponding pull-down box. (To select more than one county hold down the
Ctrl key in Windows or the Command key in Macintosh as you select.)
- Radius (miles from a ZIP code or hospital)
You can specify only hospitals within a certain distance from a specific ZIP code or from
a specific hospital when defining your search criteria. The distance is specified in miles and
either a ZIP code or a hospital Provider Number is specified as the center.