The Leapfrog Group said 21% of 1,019 hospitals surveyed fully met 27 quality standards endorsed by the National Quality Forum, such as having procedures to avoid wrong-site surgery and patient malnutrition. The 27 standards, added by Leapfrog this year, make up one of four categories tracked by the coalition of employers and healthcare organizations. The older categories are hospitals' implementation of computerized physician order-entry systems, use of intensive-care specialists and performance in certain high-risk procedures and conditions.
Leapfrog said 39% of the hospitals had fully implemented at least one of the four categories. Only 4% reported having fully implemented physician order-entry systems, and an additional 16% said they planned to do so by 2006. Some 19% said they use intensive-care specialists, and an additional 13% said they would by 2006. Read a summary of the findings or access individual hospital data at leapfroggroup.org. -- by Tony Fong