The use of measures of patient-centered care to evaluate hospital care is mandated by The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Using three years of data from 315 California acute-care hospitals and data collected from patients via the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, we seek to evaluate patients’ hospital-care experience by (1) analyzing patients’ experience-of-care scores in light of these hospitals’ patient profiles, structural characteristics, and outcomes in 2011, and (2) determining and analyzing the extent of changes in patients’ experience of care over the three-year period 2009–2011. For 2011, we find significant variation in patients’ experience-of-care scores associated with hospitals’ different patient profiles and structural characteristics. In spite of these single-year differences, virtually all aspects of patients’ experience of care showed improvement over the 2009-2011 period.

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