Useful Links and Resources


A Breathe of Fresh Air: Developed by the Maryland Hospital Association, A Breathe of Fresh Air helps consumers locate resources on wellness initiatives and support services in Maryland hospitals.

Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ): AHRQ is the lead federal agency responsible for research on how the health care system is working including research on quality, cost, access, use of services, and health care outcomes and patient safety. AHRQ has a variety of resources for consumers, including consumer guides for improved health and health care.

AHRQ Health TV: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides consumer-oriented videos on medication safety, questions to ask your doctor, and other health topics.

Centers for Disease Control Healthy Living Guides: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a federal agency that focuses on the health security and safety of the United States. Their Health Living sites provide consumers with detailed information about various health topics and conditions.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps: The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps site reports on health factors such as obesity, smoking, access to healthy foods, and air and water quality for nearly every county in the United States. The federal health insurance marketplace where consumers can review and select health plans. Healthfinder is a government website where consumers can find information and tools that can help them and their loves ones stay healthy.

Hospital Compare: Operated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Hospital Compare reports information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals nationally.

Leapfrog Group: The Leapfrog Group collects and reports data to help patients and purchasers choose the right hospital for their medical needs. Data for nearly half of all U.S. hospitals report their data to Leapfrog for annual reporting.

Maryland Board of Nursing Licensee Verification: The mission of the Board of Nursing is to advance safe quality care in Maryland through licensure, certification, education and accountability for public protection. The Licensee Verification tool lets users search for a nursing license by name, license number, or license type.

Maryland Board of Physicians: The mission of the Board of Physicians is to protect the health and safety of Marylander’s through the enforcement of licensure standards for physicians and other health providers.

Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE): The MHBE’s goal is to make health insurance affordable and accessible for all Maryland residents.

Maryland Health Connection: A new, one-stop health insurance marketplace where individuals and families can shop, compare and select health plans.

Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC): The HSCRC is the state agency responsible for reviewing and approving hospital rates and making financial information about Maryland hospitals available to the public.

Maryland Hospital Association (MHA): The MHA is a hospital advocacy, resource and quality improvement organization.

NIH Senior Health Information: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has created a website that focuses on the health care needs of older adults.

Nursing Home Compare: Operated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Nursing Home Compare provides quality of care information on every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the United States.

Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ): The OHCQ is a state agency that monitors the quality of care in Maryland’s approximately 14,000 health care and community residential programs.  The OHCQ also licenses and certifies health care facilities.

Physician Compare: Operated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Physician Compare helps consumers find and select physicians and other health care professionals enrolled in Medicare.

The Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System: The VA is a health care organization dedicated to providing quality, compassionate, and accessible care and service to Maryland's veterans.