The Leapfrog Group on Wednesday released its Spring Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, giving about one-third of hospitals an "A" grade.
For the Spring 2020 report, Leapfrog assigned "A" to "F" letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the United States based on 13 process and structural measures and 15 outcome measures that represent medical errors, accidents, injuries, and infections.
The Leapfrog ratings, which are updated twice a year, focus on acute-care hospitals. The ratings do not cover facilities such as critical access hospitals, specialty hospitals, and federal hospitals because of missing data.
How hospitals performed
In the latest report, of the 2,627 general acute-care hospitals graded:
- 867 hospitals earned an "A" rating;
- 661 earned a "B" rating;
- 905 earned a "C" rating;
- 176 earned a "D" rating; and
- 13 earned an "F" rating.
To see how your hospital fared, visit Leapfrog Group's website.
Leapfrog Group keeps focus on Covid-19
The Leapfrog Group typically releases a press release highlighting the biannual lists' grades. However, Erica Mobley, VP of administration at The Leapfrog Group, said the organization opted against a national press release this time in light of hospitals' efforts to combat the new coronavirus.
"Leapfrog recognizes that national attention is focused on Covid-19 at this moment," Mobley said in an email to the Daily Briefing. "While hospitals' attention is best focused on providing critical, safe care at this time, patient safety must remain a priority, and we will continue to report on it."
Mobley said it's unclear at this time if The Leapfrog Group will issue a national press release for the Fall 2020 Safety Grades. However, she said the organization is already getting to work on that list. "Leapfrog is currently consulting with experts on the methodology to be used for the fall 2020 Safety Grade," Mobley said. "Updates will be announced and shared with hospitals in the near future" (Leapfrog Group explanation of grades, accessed 4/30; Leapfrog Group methodology, accessed 4/30).