Leapfrog updates hospital safety grades

Maine is tops, with most 'A' hospitals
By Mike Miliard
11:53 AM
Surgeons

The Leapfrog Group on Wednesday published new results for its Hospital Safety Score, which grades more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals on quality and safety metrics such as error prevention and infection rates.

"Patient safety requires constant vigilance," said Leapfrog President and CEO Leah Binder in a statement announcing the Spring 2015 results.

That's why these latest scores, for the first time, are displayed alongside a hospital's previous letter grades for the past three years, offering patients an easy way to tell whether hospitals have shown consistent performance or continuous improvement.

[See also: Leapfrog: See list of hospitals that got failing grades for safety.] 

[See also: Leapfrog: See list of safest hospitals in the US.]

"More than 1,000 people die each day in the U.S. because of preventable hospital errors," said Binder. "While patients should always reference a hospital's current grade as the most important indicator of safety, it's wise to check whether their hospital is making improvements over time or if its focus on safety has begun to slide."

Among other key takeaways from the report:

  • Of the 2,523 hospitals scorde, 782 earned an A; 719 earned a B; 859 earned a C; 143 earned a D and 20 earned an F.
  • Hospitals have generally improved on some Hospital Safety Score process measures since this past fall, but have not improved on outcomes.
  • Those measures showing an uptick? Computerized prescribing systems and perioperative safety process measures, among others.
  • Maine was the state with the highest percentage of A hospitals.
  • Washington, D.C., North Dakota and Alaska had no A-scoring facilities.

See the full searchable results here.

See also:

Top 10 patient safety concerns from ECRI

Top 15 health systems named by Truven

 

 

 

State Number graded Number earning 'A' Percentage 'A'
State Number graded Number earning 'A' Percentage 'A'
Maine 18 11 61.10%
Massachusetts 62 32 51.60%
Virginia 62 30 48.40%
Florida 165 77 46.70%
New Jersey 66 29 43.90%
Illinois 116 50 43.10%
California 248 106 42.70%
Wisconsin 55 22 40.00%
North Carolina 77 30 39.00%
Colorado 41 15 36.60%
Tennessee 63 23 36.50%
Delaware 6 2 33.30%
Hawaii 9 3 33.30%
Minnesota 39 13 33.30%
Montana 9 3 33.30%
Michigan 78 24 30.80%
Texas 197 59 29.90%
Indiana 61 18 29.50%
Oregon 31 9 29.00%
Alabama 42 12 28.60%
South Dakota 7 2 28.60%
Nevada 18 5 27.80%
Ohio 108 30 27.80%
Georgia 69 19 27.50%
Idaho 11 3 27.30%
South Carolina 45 12 26.70%
Iowa 31 8 25.80%
Arizona 43 11 25.60%
Washington 43 11 25.60%
Rhode Island 8 2 25.00%
New Hampshire 13 3 23.10%
Kansas 28 6 21.40%
Kentucky 48 10 20.80%
New Mexico 15 3 20.00%
Wyoming 5 1 20.00%
Missouri 62 12 19.40%
Pennsylvania 127 23 18.10%
New York 139 25 18.00%
Vermont 6 1 16.70%
Louisiana 49 8 16.30%
Connecticut 26 4 15.40%
West Virginia 24 3 12.50%
Nebraska 17 2 11.80%
Oklahoma 36 4 11.10%
Utah 22 2 9.10%
Arkansas 28 2 7.10%
Mississippi 32 2 6.30%
Alaska 5 0 0.00%
District of Columbia 7 0 0.00%
North Dakota 6 0 0.00%

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