Measure Type: Process, Utilization
The Leapfrog Group has created a website containing information on the health care quality of hospitals throughout the United States. Currently they concentrate on 33 regional hospitals in the United States, but all hospitals are encouraged to participate. They focus their attention on urban hospitals. They also look at adult impatient care, so they do not use children’s hospitals for their data collection. In 2001, they created The Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey; and in 2006, the Leapfrog Hospital Insights.
The Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey created four quality measures. The first is a Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE). This is where the hospital requires the staff to use the computers to order their medications, tests, and procedures. The second measure is on ICU (Intensive Care Unit) staffing. Hospitals that have an ICU floor providing staff training from doctors or individuals who has special training in critical care. Another quality measure given is on High Risk Treatment. Hospitals with the best results for a particular practice are compared. For example, choosing a hospital with a high volume of surgeons. Patients will also prefer a surgeon having more experience along with a better outcome on surgery. And the fourth measure is the Leapfrog Safe Practice Scores. This is where the hospital and The Leapfrog Group have a good relationship assisting in helping a hospital achieve the highest level of recognition. This is tested on how willingly a hospital is to report their records.
Along with the surveys for the 4 quality measures, some hospitals engage in the Leapfrog Hospital Insights. Performances in five clinical areas of hospitals are evaluated: heart attack, angioplasty, bypass surgery, pneumonia, and delivery/newborn care. All of the surveys are to be completed on-line from hospitals.