Leapfrog Group Announces Top Patient Safety Hospitals or 2018
Like reviews on Amazon, or Restaurant Food Inspection Scores, Hospitals are rated for Patient Safety by the Leap Frog Group. “The Leapfrog Group is one of the few organizations approaching health care improvement with the boldness required to actually change things” says, Dianne Stollenwerk of Patients’ View Institute. In less than 20 years, The Leapfrog Group has grown exponentially—now reporting data on almost 2,000 hospitals, with regional partnerships in 36 states. How the use of healthcare simulation can correlate to such awards is an important consideration our industry must explore.
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
Completed by almost 2,000 hospitals annually, the flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects safety, quality, and resource use information you can’t find anywhere else. Leapfrog reports on the issues that matter to patients and purchasers—from maternity care and surgical outcomes, to handwashing policies and nursing standards.
“It takes leadership, teamwork and absolute dedication to patients , to achieve this award.” – Leah Binder, president and CEO. The highest performing hospitals on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey are recognized annually with the prestigious Leapfrog Top Hospital award. Top Hospitals have better systems in place to prevent medication errors, higher quality on maternity care and lower infection rates, among other laudable qualities.
Hospitals that are eligible to receive a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade must have received an A in the most recent round of scoring to be eligible. The award is not given to a set number of hospitals, but rather, to all teaching, general, rural, and children’s hospitals that meet the high standards defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.
Top Hospitals include Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Bayshore Medical Center, Memorial Hospital Miramar, Henderson Hospital, UPMC East, Kaiser Foundation Hospital – San Francisco, Saint Joseph Hospital, Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and many more. See the complete list through the link below!
How Leapfrog Ratings Are Used
The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the nation’s gold standard in evaluating hospital performance on quality, safety, and resource use, using national performance measures to evaluate individual facilities. Data and findings from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey allow purchasers of health care to structure contracts and purchasing toward the highest-performing hospitals, while providing consumers with potentially lifesaving information on hospital quality. The measures also provide hospitals with the opportunity to benchmark their progress.
Leapfrog Hospital Survey results are used to educate consumers and purchasers about the quality and safety of hospitals in their community so that they can choose the best hospital for their care. When patients have the opportunity to choose a hospital in advance of a procedure, such as for maternity care or a high-risk procedure, they are highly encouraged to consult Leapfrog ratings and speak with their doctor about hospitals available to them.
Hospitals that voluntarily submit their data to the Leapfrog Hospital Survey are to be commended for their commitment to transparency and educating their patients about the quality and safety of the care they provide. Patients should be concerned if they see their local hospital has declined to respond to the Survey and is thereby withholding critical information from their community that is available nowhere else.
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Dr. Abigail Baily in Las Vegas, Nevada with their newborn daughter and two crazy dachshunds.