The hospitals getting failing grades and straight As from Leapfrog

Keck Hospital of USC Earns an “A” Grade for Patient Safety

"By making the Hospital Safety Grades public, we've galvanized major changes in these states and many communities".

About The Leapfrog Group 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 five states with the lowest percentage of A-grade hospitals are Washington, D.C., North Dakota, Delaware, Maryland and NY.

Since 2012 when the scoring system began, Leapfrog Group says it has seen a 21 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions, increased adoption and improved functionality of computerized physician order entry systems and millions of averted patient harms.

Fifty-nine hospitals have earned an "A" ranking in each of the safety grades since its inception. This was done in accordance with the specifications used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for hospitals nationwide, resulting in Maryland Safety Grades being reported this fall.

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Based on that data, Leapfrog measures 27 aspects of patient health and safety. Rhode Island had the most dramatic improvement, jumping from 50th in 2012 to number one in the fall of 2017. OR has climbed 48th in the first safety grade report in 2012 to eighth.

"We congratulate the clinicians, board, management and staff of WellStar Douglas Hospital and WellStar Paulding Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first". Maryland had previously been the only state unable to be graded due to an exemption from reporting key safety metrics at the national level. Anthony's Memorial Hospital was one of 832 awarded an "A" for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, and Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne all received A grades.

"Providing safe and high-quality care, as recognized by the Leapfrog Group, shows we are serious about being a world-class healthcare organization", said Sanjay Marwaha, physician-in-chief of Kaiser in the Central Valley region.

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