The Leapfrog Group plans to begin publishing in July hospital ratings based on its new system of gauging performance using more than two dozen measures of safe practices. The Washington-based business coalition last year said it was developing a weighted scoring system to expand its patient-safety evaluation efforts to include performance on 27 practices endorsed by the National Quality Forum. On a 1,000-point scale, each practice received a relative weight based on the opinions of a 10-member expert panel supported by more than 100 other experts. For reporting, hospitals will be placed in one of four groups: fully meets progress goal, making good progress, good early-stage effort or willingness to report. To gain the highest recognition, hospitals must be in the top 25% of respondents and also must have made good progress in the practices considered most significant by the expert panel. For example, creating a culture of safety makes up more than 25% of a hospital's total score, while vaccinating workers against the flu is worth only 11 points. Hospitals can earn partial credit for a patient-safety practice just by making a commitment to work on it. -- by John Morrissey
Leapfrog to publish new hospital ratings in July
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