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The spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades have been Released! Please visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org to view the hospitals your employees use in Colorado.
A total of 40 Colorado hospitals received grades. “A” represents the best Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, followed in order by “B,” “C,” “D,” and “F. 16 Colorado hospitals received an “A” grade, 9 hospitals received a “B” grade, 13 hospitals received a “C” grade, 2 hospitals received a “D” grade a no hospitals in Colorado received an “F” grade. The following hospitals have received consistent “A” grades:
About the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are assigned to over 2,600 general acute-care hospitals across the nation twice annually. The Safety Grade is becoming the gold standard measure of patient safety, cited in MSNBC, The New York Times, and AARP The Magazine.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 28 national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and information from other supplemental data sources. Taken together, those performance measures produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade methodology has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety.
How the Leapfrog Safety Grade is Produced
Leapfrog works under the guidance of an Expert Panel to select the 28 measures mentioned above and develops a scoring methodology. The Expert Panel selects 28 measures of patient safety, analyzes the data and determines the weight of each measure based on evidence, opportunity for improvement and impact. In some cases where a hospital’s information is not available for a certain measure, Leapfrog uses a supplemental data source. In cases where a hospital’s information is not available from any data source, Leapfrog has outlined a methodology for dealing with the missing data.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade places each measure into one of two domains:
(1) Process/Structural Measures or (2) Outcome Measures, each accounting for 50 percent of the overall score.
A hospital must have enough safety data available for the panel experts to issue them a letter grade. Hospitals missing more than seven process measures or more than five outcome measures are not graded. All hospitals are encouraged to voluntarily report additional safety data through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, but they are not required to do so to receive a Safety Grade.
Some hospitals belong to health systems that report data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a single entity with a shared “Medicare Provider Number (MPN).” This means that individual hospitals within these systems will be graded using the same aggregate data. Leapfrog encourages these types of hospitals to report additional safety data through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey so that patients can see how each hospital is doing individually.