Albertson's grocery stores have pulled from their shelves "report cards" that compare Florida hospitals on specific procedures ranging from heart bypass to baby delivery.
The Florida Hospital Association told Albertson's there were problems with the data used in the comparisons and that consumers might be misled.
Dun & Bradstreet created the guides in part as a marketing tool to sell a data processing system to hospitals and HMOs.
Albertson's top Florida executive, Ronald Dennis, said the guides hadn't been cleared for distribution through him but had been arranged by Dun & Bradstreet through a third company specializing in grocery-store displays.
They hit the stores last week, and hospitals started complaining.
The hospital association said the guides used the same flawed data the state had used earlier this year in putting together a draft report card.
The state Agency for Health Care Administration has agreed to work with hospitals to clean up some of the data and come back with a revised edition of the report card later this year.
Dun & Bradstreet officials, who flew to Orlando, Fla., to meet with hospital association officials earlier this week, stand by the guides, although some small changes may be made in future presentations, said Curtis Wilbur, vice president for Dun & Bradstreet HealthCare.
"We feel very strongly that the information was accurate and useful to consumers, purchasers and providers," Mr. Wilbur said.