The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization promoting quality and safety in American health care, has announced new grades for the Leapfrog National Safety Grade, the only national health care rating focused on errors, accidents, and infections. The program has been assigning A, B, C, D, and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. since 2012. During that time, the group says, significant strides have been made in improving patient safety, such as a 21% decline in hospital-acquired conditions; increased adoption and improved functionality of computerized physician order-entry systems; and millions of averted patient harms.
Nonetheless, problems with safety persist, with more than 1,000 patients a day estimated to die from preventable errors, making hospital errors the third leading cause of death in America.
In the 2017 safety guide, states are ranked based on the number of “A” hospitals they have compared with the total number of hospitals that operate in that state.
Sixty-three out of more than 2,600 hospitals nationwide achieved an “A” in every scoring update of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade since its inception. One such “Straight A” facility is Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Additional findings include:
Maryland wasn’t ranked because hospitals in that state are not required to publicly report their safety data.