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The Leapfrog Group Releases Spring 2021 Hospital Safety Grades of U.S. hospitals

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The Leapfrog Group released the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” letter grade to more than 2,700 general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only rating solely focused on a hospital’s ability to protect patients from preventable errors, accidents, injuries, and infections.

Notably, 27 hospitals across the U.S. have achieved 19 consecutive “A” grades, which represents an “A” in every biannual grading cycle since the launch of the Safety Grade in spring 2012.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 national performance measures to grade hospitals using a methodology developed with guidance from the foremost experts in patient safety. This most recent data was collected immediately prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across all states, highlights of findings from the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade include:

  • Thirty-three percent of hospitals received an “A,” 24% received a “B,” 35% received a “C,” 7% received a “D,” and less than 1% received an “F”
  • Five states with the highest percentages of “A” hospitals are Massachusetts, Idaho, Maine, Virginia, and North Carolina
  • There were no “A” hospitals in South Dakota or North Dakota

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is reviewed by a National Expert Panel and receives guidance from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is updated twice per year. It is independently assessed, peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.

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