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Harvard Study in Joint Commission Journal: Mortality Rates Lower in Leapfrog Hospitals
Date:6/16/2008

Leah Binder, CEO of The Leapfrog Group and a former hospital administrator.

Researchers used 2006 Leapfrog Hospital Survey and 2006 Hospital Quality Alliance data to make findings about three common conditions -- acute myocardial infarction (AMI), congestive heart failure (CHF) and pneumonia. They found that hospitals that had begun to implement Leapfrog safety practices had better process quality for AMI and CHF. (Most Leapfrog safety practices are broken down into component parts so that a hospital might meet some aspects of a practice, but not necessarily all.)

Hospitals that had begun to implement Leapfrog safety practices also had lower mortality rates. Pneumonia and AMI patients admitted to hospitals that had begun or finished implementing a computerized system for ordering medication were less likely to die within 30 days than those admitted to hospitals without computer systems. Nearly identical results were found among hospitals that had begun or completed implementing the employment of intensivists (physicians specially trained in ICU care) in intensive care units.

"I'm heartened to find that health care quality and safety efforts like the Leapfrog Hospital Survey are proven to serve the needs of patients. Our findings reinforce the fact that public reporting, or transparency, has become a permanent feature of American health care," said Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, of the Harvard School of Public Health and Veterans Health Administration.

The Leapfrog Group

On behalf of the millions of Americans for whom many of the nation's largest corporations and public agencies buy health benefits, The Leapfrog Group (http://www.leapfroggroup.org) aims to use its members' collective leverage to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care. Leapfrog is a leading actor in the national movement to advance value in health care. Founded in
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