In case you missed it: Leapfrog Group released its updated hospital ratings for more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals not long ago.
Not everyone agrees with every hospital ranking system. We wrote about this last year, in this blog post. The conclusion: information is good, but be careful how you use it.
“New research estimates up to 440,000 Americans are dying annually from preventable hospital errors. This puts medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the United States, underscoring the need for patients to protect themselves and their families from harm, and for hospitals to make patient safety a priority,” Leapfrog writes in the introduction to its Hospital Safety Scores update.
“The Fall 2013 update to The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog) Hospital Safety Score assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals. It shows many hospitals are making headway in addressing errors, accidents, injuries and infections that kill or hurt patients, but overall progress is slow. The Hospital Safety Score is calculated under the guidance of the Leapfrog Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, with a fully transparent methodology analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety.”
Want more? Here are the ratings from Consumer Reports. Here are the rankings from U.S. News and World Report.