Physicians see patient-safety standards proposed by the Leapfrog Group as hindering their autonomy, productivity and income, and hospitals must work hard to gain and maintain physician support when adopting the standards, the Center for Studying Health System Change said in a new report. Besides physician acceptance, hospitals face numerous other challenges -- particularly financial -- in meeting the Leapfrog standards, and as a result, few have come close to doing so, the center said. Leapfrog, a coalition of large employers, is pressing hospitals to adopt three standards to improve patient safety: use of computerized physician order entry systems, specially trained physicians in intensive-care units and volume thresholds for certain high-risk procedures. Read the center's report. -- by Tony Fong
Barriers to Leapfrog standards include docs, money
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