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Leapfrog Group Hospital Survey Finds Majority of Hospitals Fail to Meet Important Quality Standards
Date:4/15/2009

Few Hospitals Meet Standards for First National Measures of Hospital Efficiency for Heart Attack Care, Bypass Surgery, Heart Angioplasty, and Pneumonia

Detailed Hospital by Hospital Results Available at www.leapfroggroup.org/cp

WASHINGTON, April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Though it has been 10 years since the Institute of Medicine's Landmark report on the failure of U.S. hospitals to adequately protect patient safety, too many hospitals still have failed to implement standards known to improve quality and save lives.

According to the 2008 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, released today, only 7% of hospitals fully meet Leapfrog medication error prevention (CPOE) standards and low percentages of hospitals are fully meeting mortality standards (see below).

"As the Obama administration and Congress consider health care reform options, it is clear we have a long way to go to achieve hospital quality and cost-effectiveness worthy of the nation's $2.3 trillion annual investment," said Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder. "According to our data, a majority of hospitals have significant safety and efficiency deficits."

"As the President has often stated, a reformed high value health care system needs to be cost-effective. Unfortunately, few hospitals are meeting Leapfrog's newly established efficiency measure standards--the first such data available in the public domain," said Binder.

Among surveyed hospitals, efficiency standards -- defined as highest quality and lowest resource use --are met by only 24% of hospitals for heart bypass surgery, 21% for heart angioplasty, 14% for heart attack care, and 14% for pneumonia care.

Other highlights of the 2008 hospital survey, include:

-- Relatively low percentages of reporting hospitals are fully meeting volume and risk-adjusted mortality st
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