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

ing 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 ca
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