Leapfrog releases new safety scores. Did your hospital get an 'A'?

40% of hospitals got a 'C' or lower

The Leapfrog Group on Wednesday released its seventh round of Hospital Safety Scores and for the first time displayed every grade that a hospital has received since the group first starting scoring hospital safety in June 2012.

For its latest scores, the Leapfrog Group assigned letter grades—A, B, C, D, or F—to 2,523 hospitals based on their performance on 28 safety measures. The group used data from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, CDC, CMS, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the American Hospital Association's (AHA) annual survey.

The group releases the scores twice a year. Since October 2014, when the last report was released, 45 hospitals changed their previous score by at least two grades—for better or for worse.

According to the latest report:

  • 782 hospitals received an "A" (compared with 790 in October);
  • 719 hospitals received a "B" (compared with 688 in October);
  • 859 hospitals received a "C" (compared with 868 in October);
  • 143 received a "D" (compared with 148 in October); and
  • 20 hospitals received an "F" (compared with 26 in October).

Hospitals take issue with the methodology

  • Hospitals challenge methods behind Leapfrog's safety grades
  • Hospital, Leapfrog spar over 'F' safety grade
  • Leapfrog, Johns Hopkins partner to enhance safety scores

  • For the first time, the Leapfrog Group included information on a hospital's historical performance on its Hospital Safety Scores.

    "At a time when more than 1,000 people die every day from preventable accidents in hospitals, Leapfrog believes that patient safety should be Job No. 1 in every hospital, 24/7. To reinforce that goal of consistent vigilance, we've made it easier for patients and others to evaluate a hospital's previous safety record on the Hospital Safety Score website," explained Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder.

    Overall, Leapfrog notes that hospital performance on several process measures has improved since the October 2014 scores (Leapfrog Group release, 4/29; Clark, HealthLeaders Media, 4/29; Powderly, Healthcare Finance News, 4/29).

    The takeaway: Although The Leapfrog Group says hospitals are improving performance on certain patient safety measures, about 40% of hospitals got a C or lower in the group's latest safety scores.

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