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Leapfrog Group Issues Report on Hospital Safety

October 31, 2017

Today, the Leapfrog Group has released its 2017 Hospital Safety Grades report that scores hospitals with letter grades to assess infection prevention and cleanliness, support of “strong health care teams,” and error prevention. The report is one of many quality resources that supply information for health care consumers and patients.

In Pennsylvania, 126 hospitals received grades in the report that uses national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement.

HAP encourages consumers to learn to understand hospital quality reports, talk to their physicians, ask questions about quality, and look at other national and state information when making decisions.

Pennsylvania’s hospitals constantly are striving to provide patients with safe, high-quality care. Through HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), hospitals are working together to share best practices and improve patient safety and outcomes. HAP HIIN’s goals include an overall harm reduction of 20 percent and 12 percent reduction in 30-day readmissions.

Additionally, Pennsylvania hospitals are improving outcomes through efforts to improve the patient experience and a team-based care model that includes increased patient engagement and better care transition after patients are discharged. Staff are helping to emphasize population health initiatives, preventive care, and chronic condition management to help patients get and stay healthy, reducing their need for hospital care in the first place.

Care in Pennsylvania, HAP’s resource to provide consumers with quality and cost information, can serve as a tool for consumers to have conversations with providers and determine the best individualized care plan for themselves and their families.

For more information about HAP’s quality initiatives, contact Michael J. Consuelos, MD, senior vice president, clinical integration.  

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