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4 in 5 expect that by 2021, patients will compare ratings before choosing a hospital

Survey: Most Patients Will Belong to Incentivized Health Plans by 2021

The Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development recently conducted a survey on healthcare leaders’ thoughts on emerging trends in healthcare. Here are some key findings from the report:

  • 99% agreed that by 2021 patients will demand a greater role in treatment planning.
  • 4 in 5 expect that by 2021, patients will compare ratings before choosing a hospital.
  • 89% said that most of their hospital’s insured patients will belong to incentivized health plans by 2021.
  • Most practitioners (88%) predict that at least a quarter of chronic disease patients will receive it remotely.
  • Two-thirds of practitioners predict that most chronic illness patients will receive primary care that includes some type of psychotherapy service.

Source: Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development, January 26, 2016

We must all do better for patients . . . ultimately for our families and ourselves

According to a recent report:

  • Medication errors affect 3.8 million patients annually
  • In 2014, 59% of hospitals entered at least 75% of all medication orders electronically
  •  In 2013 and again in 2014, 36% of potentially harmful medication orders that were entered electronically did not trigger an appropriate warning
  • 13.9% of potentially fatal medication orders that were entered electronically were not flagged

Source: “Despite Improvement, New Report Reveals Technology to Prevent Medication Errors Fails Too Often,” The Leapfrog Group News Release, April 9, 2015,

Connecticut and New York Hospitals Rank Low on Patient Safety

Only 11% of hospitals in Connecticut and 17% in New York received an “A” grade for patient safety, according to scores released on October 23 by The Leapfrog Group. That puts Connecticut 42nd among states in terms of the percentage of hospitals receiving an “A;” New York ranks 37th. Two other states in the area — Massachusetts and New Jersey — performed much better, coming in 2nd with 76% of hospitals receiving an “A” and 9th, with 40%, respectively.

The updated Hospital Safety Scores are letter grades assigned to U.S. general hospitals by The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit, based on infections, injuries and errors. These grades can be used by consumers to protect themselves against the more than 400,000 deaths estimated to occur in the U.S. every year due to hospital errors.
For more information on scores, visit

October 25, 2013 | Categories: healthcare,hospitals,Safety | Tags: , , , | Comments (0)

Leapfrog finds more top hospitals this than last

More facilities make Leapfrog’s top-hospitals list
Shortly after releasing patient safety grades for hospitals, the Leapfrog Group announced that 92 hospitals from 26 states are on the organization’s list of this year’s top hospitals. Sixty-five hospitals were on last year’s list. Thirteen rural hospitals made the list this year, up from three in 2011, the group said. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/4)

December 7, 2012 | Categories: healthcare,hospitals,quality | Tags: , , , | Comments (0)

30% of hospitals receive an ‘A’ from Leapfrog

Leapfrog issues patient safety grades for U.S. hospitals
The Leapfrog Group issued an updated Hospital Safety Score report this week, giving “A” grades to 790 of 2,618 hospitals. The report gave 121 facilities “D” marks, and 25 hospitals got “F” marks. Some 23% of hospitals got a higher rating than in the June report while 19% scored lower. Leapfrog’s scoring methodology has been criticized by some hospitals. HealthLeaders Media (11/28)

November 30, 2012 | Categories: healthcare,hospitals,quality | Tags: , , , | Comments (0)

Consumer Reports for Hospital Safety – You need to read this


Consumer Reports Rates Hospital Safety


The  spotlight on hospital-caused patient harm has become a bit brighter with the  launch of Consumer Reports‘  hospital safety ratings, which uses several different  measures than the Leapfrog Group’s  recent and controversial  hospital letter grades, and reaches opposite  conclusions about many facilities.
The CU rating system, featured in the  magazine’s August issue, rates hospitals in six categories:

  1. Infections
  2. 30-day readmissions
  3. Overuse of scanning
  4. Communication about new medications and discharge process (as measured  by HCAHPS – the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare  Providers and Systems survey)
  5. Patient  complications
  6. 30-day  post-discharge mortality

In  addition to informing consumers, the CU rating system is aimed at hospital CEOs  and boards, “in terms of their accountability,” and getting them to  understand they can do better, John Santa, MD, director of Consumer Reports  Health Ratings Center, explained in an interview with HealthLeaders.

“We see hospitals  are figuring this out, but most of them haven’t.  The hospitals that have are those with CEOs  and boards that have decided, ‘enough of this ambiguity about safety. We’ve had  12 years since the Institute of Medicine report To Err Is Human.  This is embarrassing. And we’re not going to be embarrassed by it any  longer.”

Read more here:

his is an important article to read and to understand if you are at all interested in hospital safety.

How safe is your hospital?

Leapfrog launches its Hospital   Safety Score website

The Hospital Safety Score is   an A, B, C, D or F letter grade, reflecting how safe hospitals are for   patients. For the first time ever, it is possible to easily and quickly   determine the safety of over 2,600 general hospitals across the country.


Every day, over 400   people die from preventable medical errors. That’s equivalent to a major   jetliner crashing daily.


Some people do more research   on what car to buy than what hospital to go to. The Hospital Safety Score   provides data and research to help you make an informed decision about   the most critical aspect of a hospital stay: safety. The best surgeons   in the world and the greatest technology available do not necessarily   represent the basics of preventing infections and ensuring the safety of you   and your loved ones after an operation. The goal of the Hospital Safety Score   is to reduce the 180,000 yearly deaths from hospital errors and injuries   through publicly recognizing safety and exposing harm. “Harm”   ranges from infections and acquired injuries (such as bedsores) to medication   mix-ups and other errors. See your local hospital’s data page for information   on the 26 items that were considered in the score.


Click   here to visit the Hospital Safety Score website.

News relevant to Leapfrog and the Hospital Safety Score


The Boston Globe: Mass. Hospitals Receive Top Marks


The Commercial Appeal: Memphis Area Hospitals All Receive Passing Grades in National Patient Safety Survey


Crain’s Chicago Business: Some Illinois Teach Hospitals Fail to Make the Grade


Digital Journal: Hospitals Receive A, B, C, D or F Scores for Patient Safety


Fierce Healthcare: Reputable Hospitals Score Poorly on Patient Safety


Fox 5 News DC: Interview with Leapfrog’s CEO Leah Binder


Government Health IT: Report Gives Many Hospitals a C in Patient Safety

HealthLeaders Media: Leapfrog Issues Hospital Safety Report Cards


Health News Florida: On Hospital Report Cards, FL Does Well


Kaiser Health News: Hospitals Get Graded for Patient Safety


Kaiser Health News “Capsules”: Lots of ‘C’s as Hospitals Get Graded for Patient Safety


Los Angeles Times: 41% of California Hospitals Graded C or Lower on Patient Safety


Market Watch: Hospitals Receive A, B, C, D, or F Scores for Patient Safety


MedPage Today: Leapfrog Group Grades Hospitals on Patient Safety


NPR Health Blog “Shots”: Independent Grades for Hospitals Show Quality Could be Better


Orlando Business Journal: Slideshow: Hospital Safety Scores From Leapfrog


Sun-Sentinel: 25 South Florida Hospitals Get ‘A’ in Safety


Syracuse Post-Standard: New Report Gives Most Central New York Hospitals Mediocre Grades on Patient Safety 


Leapfrog Demonstrated This Type of Relationship 10 Years Ago

Low-Volume Hysterectomy Surgeons Tied to Higher Risk
Morbidity and mortality are higher after hysterectomies performed by surgeons who perform fewer than 10 of these procedures per year, and those who perform at least 10 per year are more likely to perform minimally invasive procedures. [ HealthDay | Sep 27

September 27, 2010 | Categories: healthcare,quality | Tags: , , | Comments (0)