The Minnesota Hospital Association said all 138 of its member hospitals will take part in the Leapfrog Group's survey of patient safety practices. Their participation is part of a new partnership between the MHA and the business group that's scheduled to be announced later this week. The survey has been controversial because its results are made public, and many hospitals have argued that Leapfrog's standards are biased against them and don't take into account the variety of safety improvements they may be making. The survey covers staffing in intensive-care units, computerized prescription-order entry and volume of high-risk surgeries performed. When Leapfrog began its survey in 2001 only 53% of hospitals in six urban areas agreed to take part. MHA officials said Minnesota is the first state in which all hospitals will participate. Leapfrog is a national group of large employers that now includes HCA, Nashville, and Promina Health System, Atlanta. -- by Patrick Reilly
Minn. hospitals sign on for Leapfrog survey
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