Breaking down performance by state, the Leapfrog Group found that the state with the highest percentage of A-grade hospitals—Maine—has remained unchanged since the fall. But it noted some interesting changes in other states' performances on the report card.
According to Leapfrog, the states with the highest percentage of A-grade hospitals in the latest report are:
- Maine (where 61% of hospitals received an A)
- Massachusetts (52%)
- Virginia (48%)
- Florida (47%)
- New Jersey (44%)
Since October, Maine, Massachusetts, and Virginia have retained their respective positions in the top three, while Florida and New Jersey switched places. But just one year ago, Illinois, Hawaii, and South Dakota were ranked in the top five alongside Maine and Massachusetts. Since then, the three states have fallen farther down the rankings—with South Dakota plunging to 22nd place.
Meanwhile, the states with the lowest percentage of A-grade hospitals are:
1. District of Columbia (where 0% of hospitals received an A)
1. North Dakota (0%)
1. Alaska (0%)
4. Mississippi (6%)
5. Arkansas (7%)
For the fourth consecutive time, none of the six Leapfrog-rated hospitals in Washington, D.C., received an A. Moreover, no District hospitals received a grade higher than a C. Leapfrog Group's Erica Mobley says, "This is an indication that hospitals in the District just aren't placing a priority on patient safety."
North Dakota and Alaska also had no hospitals receive an A-grade.
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