The hospitals getting failing grades and straight As from Leapfrog

Kristen Gonzales
November 1, 2017

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 US hospitals twice per year. "It ends up being a strategic decision, "how much effort do I want to spend on this?'", he said".

The Blue Ribbon Expert Panel selected 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, analyzed the data and determined the weight of each measure based on evidence, opportunity forimprovement and impact. Despite the relatively small fluctuations in performance among hospitals overall, Binder said she has noticed consistent performance improvement among hospitals in certain states.

WellStar's Douglas and Paulding hospitals were two of just 14 hospitals in the state to receive an "A" ranking.

OR jumped from a 48th ranking in 2012 to eighth this year, and Hawaii went from 36th to third.

Rhode Island, Maine, Hawaii, Idaho and Virginia are the states with the highest percentage of "A"-ranked hospitals".

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For example, Oregon, Hawaii, and Wisconsin all have active coalitions dedicated to patient safety within their local communities and hospitals. For the first time, Maryland was included in the list after an exemption was lifted that excluded the state from reporting some safety metrics at the federal level.

Of the 44 hospitals graded in Maryland, just one (2.3%), Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, earned an "A".

The report card assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provides the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. "Our recommendation as always is that consumers work with their doctor to find the hospital that works best for their needs".

New Jersey ranks 11th best in the nation - up from 15th best in April - because 30 of the 68 hospitals that participated in they survey received the top grade, according to the Leapfrog Group's report on Tuesday. The most dramatic turnaround has been in Rhode Island, which ranked 50 in 2012 but earned the top spot in the fall 2017 grades with five of its seven hospitals earning "A" grades. "Patient safety is patient safety".

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