HPCI News: Understanding Leapfrog Hospital Survey and Hospital Safety Grade

To: Members and Selected Others

Last year a record number of U.S. hospitals patriated in the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey with over 1,850 taking part. This represents nearly 40% of all U.S. community hospitals which total 4,862 according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). Seven (7) Iowa hospitals participated.

Also, Hospital Safety Grades were released for over 2,600 U.S. hospitals this spring. This represents nearly 54% of the U.S. community hospitals. Sixty (60) plus are greater Iowa hospitals and 31 within Iowa. These 60 hospitals account for more than 85% of Iowa residents hospital expenses.

Hospital Safety Grades focus on errors, accidents and infections. A patient safety expert panel selects and oversees calculation of these grades. They are peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Preventable errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. Given this and the fact that these grades are publically available regardless of whether or not a hospital completes the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, HPCI and many Iowa employers have chosen to promote and use them widely.

The only other meaningful public available source of quality data is from Centers for Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare. Thus, Iowa consumers and patients have limited quality and patient safety information available to them.

A guide to understanding The Leapfrog Group’s two flagship initiatives noted above is now available. Click here for the new infographic.

Paul M. Pietzsch, MPH
HPCI - IHBA Office
4430 Ashley Park Drive
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
(515) 778-6300

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