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The Leapfrog Group Releases 2008 Hospital Survey Offering Consumers Greater Assurance of Safety
Date:4/24/2008

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Developed in partnership with First Consulting Group and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Leapfrog's CPOE Evaluation Tool enables hospitals to determine how well their system alerts users to common, serious prescribing errors. The 2008 Survey requires hospitals to test their CPOE system in order to obtain the Survey's highest CPOE rating.

Also for the first time on a national hospital quality survey, measures have been added to evaluate how efficiently hospitals use resources for several procedures and conditions. These risk-adjusted efficiency measures rate how well hospitals use resources for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) such as angioplasty, acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and pneumonia.

The inclusion of AMI and pneumonia (both common, acute conditions that represent a large outlay of health care expenditures for private health care plans) is new to this year's Survey. Other additions to the Survey are pressure ulcers and "injuries occurring during the stay" -- two hospital-acquired conditions on the list of conditions for which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has said it will no longer pay.

"Purchasers and consumers are interested in quality, but also in value and how efficiently care is delivered," said Binder. "It is this mix of good quality and good efficiency that will ultimately help lower skyrocketing costs while giving Americans the top quality care they deserve."

"Measuring hospital performance is complex. There are as many critics as advocates," said Binder. "But Leapfrog is continually improving its Survey to reflect state of the art performance-based quality and patient safety measures, as well as the needs of purchasers and consumers."

"We solicit and weigh carefully both positive and critical feedback from hospitals each year to enhance the Survey as a tool for helping providers, patients an
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