The Leapfrog Group released new Hospital Safety Scores on www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. The Hospital Safety Score assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year and includes a list of state rankings. The latest Hospital Safety Scores shows key shifts among many hospitals on the letter grades rating them on errors, injuries, accidents, and infections, indicating the importance for consumers to check their local hospital’s score. Of the 28 measures used to calculate the A, B, C, D or F grades, on average, hospital performance improved on eight measures, but average performance declined on six measures. But, according to The Leapfrog Group, there are more encouraging signs within the data: hospitals taking steps to make safety a priority, and showing some encouraging results—either by consistently maintaining an “A” score, or by raising a lower score to an “A” over time. Since the launch of the Hospital Safety Score in 2012, 133 hospitals have earned an “A” in each of the twice-annual updates of the Score—approximately 5 percent of all graded hospitals.
- View Hospital Safety Scores: www.hospitalsafetyscore.org