Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Scores show progress among some hospitals

June 18, 2014


If the old adage, "slow and steady wins the race" holds true, judging from the latest round of scores released by The Leapfrog Group, hospitals should be right on track in their effort to improve quality care.
The organization released scores for more than 2,500 hospitals, updating its scores last released in October 2013. Nearly one-third of hospitals have seen a 10% or higher improvement since 2012. Additionally, 48 out of 50 states have seen improvement in their mean scores since 2012.
Because patient safety progress is often slow and incremental, and because the CMS data that is used to grade hospitals is typically two years behind, it's difficult to see significant progress every two months when the scores are updated, says Erica Mobley, senior manager of communications and development at The Leapfrog Group in Washington, D.C. But over the course of two years, it's becoming more apparent which hospitals are taking steps to improve patient safety, and which ones are remaining stagnant.
This is an excerpt from an article in the upcoming July issue of Patient Safety Monitor Journal.
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