Navigation Links
Transparency Should Not Be a Luxury; It Is a Matter of Life and Death: What Purchasers and Consumers Can Do
Date:2/2/2010

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Leah Binder, CEO of The Leapfrog Group, on Leapfrog’s release of Central-line Infection Data:

For the first time, in 2009, The Leapfrog Group asked hospitals across the country on behalf of Leapfrog's purchaser members to publicly report their rates of one of the most common and deadly forms of hospital-acquired infections: central-line associated blood stream infections, or CLABSIs.

Leapfrog is partnering with Consumer Reports Health to release hospital infection rates for 926 hospitals at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org.  The online infection rates reveal tremendous variations within the same cities and even the same health care systems.

Leapfrog's roster of voluntarily reporting hospitals is by far the most transparent national source of data by hospital on infection rates, mortality rates for common surgical procedures, safety practices, and other critical information that consumers deserve to know. The voluntary participation of hospitals is unprecedented. However, many hospitals that were asked to report to Leapfrog declined.

Today Leapfrog published a list of hospitals that declined to report to the 2009 Leapfrog Hospital Survey (www.leapfroggroup.org/decline). Leapfrog is urging consumers to take two minutes and find out if their hospital is reporting critical safety information.

  • If your hospital is on Leapfrog's "Declined to Respond" list, call, write, or send an email and ask what it has to hide. Further, if your primary care doctor recommends that you go there, you may want to ask him/her, "Why would you send me to a hospital that refused to assure me it is doing everything it is supposed to do to keep me and my family safe?
  • If your hospital is not on the list, check out its patient safety ratings at www.leapfrogroup.org. Give the hospital feedback, positive or negative, on how it is avoiding infections or how it compares on other measures on the survey that matter to you.
  • If you don't see your hospital listed as either declined or reporting to Leapfrog, it means it hasn't been invited to participate in the survey yet (though it may be required to report to government agencies).

Since 2002, Leapfrog's members—the largest purchasers of health care services in the country—have targeted regions across the country and asked hospitals to complete the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. By completing the survey, hospitals help make it possible for purchasers and consumers to compare their performance in areas such as medication error prevention, mortality for common high-risk surgeries such as heart by-pass surgery, the treatment of common conditions like heart attacks and pneumonia, and rates of certain hospital-acquired conditions such as central-line infections.

Central-line bloodstream infections cause at least 30 percent of the estimated 99,000 annual hospital infection-related deaths in the U.S. and account for $1.7 to $21.4 billion in avoidable health care costs. Safety programs, such as the Keystone Project in Michigan, have demonstrated that hospitals have the ability to reduce their central-line infection rates in ICUs to zero.

All the results from Leapfrog's 2009 Hospital Survey can be found at www.leapfroggroup.org/cp.

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) uses the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 by the Business Roundtable and is now independently operated with support from its members.

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the gold standard for comparing hospitals' performance on the national standards of safety, quality, and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care. Hospitals that participate in The Leapfrog Hospital Survey achieve hospital-wide improvements that translate into millions of lives and dollars saved. Leapfrog's purchaser members use survey results to inform their employees and purchasing strategies.

The Consumer Reports Web site (www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org) currently rates more than 3,600 hospitals in the U.S. based on several criteria, including patient satisfaction, intensity of care, and steps to prevent infection.  This last measure, which is different from the CLABSI infection rate, assesses how well a hospital follows correct procedures to avoid surgical infections.

SOURCE The Leapfrog Group

RELATED LINKS
http://leapfroggroup.org
http://www.consumerreports.org/health/home.htm

'/>"/>

SOURCE The Leapfrog Group
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. FHS Corp Announces Price Transparency Webinar Series
2. Population Health Impact Institute Launches Healthcare Transparency Accreditation Program(TM)
3. TransUnion Survey Finds Patients Want More Transparency in Hospital Bills and Knowledge of Charity Care Programs
4. Emdeon and BroMenn Healthcare System Take the Lead on Consumer Price Transparency
5. Lilly Announces Continued Commitment to Transparency with Faculty Registry
6. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Collaborates With Five Blue Plans to Increase Transparency, Expand Access to Health Care Cost Information
7. Clear Choice Health Plans Selects Thomson Reuters to Deliver Healthcare Cost Information to Members - and Exceed State Transparency Requirements
8. Anthem Blue Cross in California Provides More Members With Access to Comprehensive Transparency Tool
9. Vietnam Veterans of America Calls for Openness and Transparency in Addressing Contaminated Medical Equipment at VAMCs
10. Veterans Health Care Funding Reform Bill Promises Transparency, Accountability
11. Cleveland Clinic Boosts Transparency, Makes Physician Disclosures Available Online
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... The American ... to become its next President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Dr. James C. Puffer ... Elect beginning July 1, 2018 until Dr. Puffer’s retirement at the end of 2018. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... of 7® Hemp CBD Oil utilizing Purzorb™ technology. Applying the Purzorb™process to full spectrum ... CBD dose required and providing a CBD form that can be easily incorporated into ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Lori R. Somekh, founder of the ... a national organization of elder law and special needs planning attorneys. “Membership in ElderCounsel ... also provides a forum to network with elder law attorneys nationwide,” said Somekh. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... OBISPO, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... or dementia. However, many long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for care if ... the 90-day elimination period, when the family pays for care, is often waived, so ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, ... in business to advocate for action towards gender equality at their inaugural Summit in ... around the globe, and reached a social audience of over 3 million. To watch ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... 2017  NDS received FDA 510(k) clearance in May 2017 for ... stand specifically designed for endoscopy environments. An innovative secondary monitor solution, ... solution to support the improvement of patient outcomes, procedural efficiency, and ... ... ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... 2017  South Korean-based healthcare product Development Company I.M. ... on Kickstarter. The device will educate the user about ... better efficiency compared to the dated and pricey CPR ... efficacy of the compression for a more informed CPR ... to raise $5,000. ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... , Oct. 2, 2017  Eli Lilly and Company ... results for the third quarter of 2017 on Tuesday, ... call on that day with the investment community and ... The conference call will begin at 9 a.m. ... access a live webcast of the conference call through ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: