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Yelp Partners with ProPublica to Make it Easier for Consumers to Look Up Health Care Businesses

Yelp has long been a popular site used to find businesses. Now, Yelp can help people make informed decisions even more about hospitals, long-term care facilities, and dialysis centers. Yelp has recently partnered with ProPublica, an award-winning nonprofit new organization,  to integrate health care statistics and consumer opinion survey data displayed on the Yelp business pages of over 25,000 medical care facilities. Yelp users can now see hospital wait times, nursing home fines or post-dialysis readmission rates conveniently on the business’ Yelp pages.
Yelp is currently working on incorporating CMS data for approximately 4,600 hospitals, 15,000 nursing homes and 6,300 dialysis clinics across the nation. The new health data on Yelp is not perfect, however. It is published quarterly, for example, meaning that there may be information provided that is outdated. Overall though, the Yelp/ProPublica launch helps to strengthen government-reliable ratings and to prevent its integrity against fake reviewers.