Managed Care Information Center
MCIC Home
E-Mail MCIC
Site Navigation:
E-mail a Friend
FREE E-Mail Newsletters
Subscribe to the leading management newsletters
Search
Search
Affiliates
Health Resources Online
* * *
Health Resources Publishing
* * *
Wellness Junction
* * *
Healthcare Intelligence Network
Contact MCIC
info@themcic.com

Managed Care Information Center
1913 Atlantic Ave., Suite F4
Manasquan, NJ  08736
(732) 292-1100
fax: (732) 292-1111

Home / News & IndustryManaged Care Insight and Analysis
Updated: June 9, 2009
Leapfrog Group Survey Finds Hospitals Fail To Meet Important Quality Standards

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, only 7 percent of hospitals fully meet Leapfrog medication error prevention (CPOE) standards and low percentages of hospitals are fully meeting mortality standards.

"As the Obama administration and Congress consider healthcare 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 healthcare 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 percent of hospitals for heart bypass surgery, 21 percent for heart angioplasty, 14 percent for heart attack care, and 14 percent 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 standards, or adhering to nationally endorsed process measures for eight high risk procedures, where following nationally endorsed and evidence-based guidelines is known to save lives:
    • 43 percent for heart bypass surgery
    • 35 percent for heart angioplasty
    • 32 percent for high-risk deliveries
    • 23 percent for pancreatic resection
    • 16 percent for bariatric surgery
    • 15 percent for esophagectomy
    • 7 percent for aortic valve replacement
    • 5 percent for aortic abdominal aneurysm repair
  • Sixty-five percent of participating hospitals do not have all recommended policies in place to prevent common hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).
  • Seventy-five percent do not fully meet the standards for 13 evidence-based safety practices, ranging from hand washing to competency of the nursing staff.
  • Only 26 percent and 34 percent of reporting hospitals are fully meeting standards for treating two common acute conditions, heart attacks and pneumonia, respectively.
  • Only 30 percent and 25 percent of hospitals are fully meeting standards to prevent hospital-acquired pressure ulcers or hospital-acquired injuries, respectively.

"In spite of huge opportunities for improvement, many hospitals are, in fact, demonstrating quality excellence and serving as role models," said Binder. "We need to take the lessons learned from the best hospitals and use these to move the status quo forward so all Americans have access to safe, cost-effective care."

Notable improvements by surveyed hospitals in 2008 include:

  • Thirty-one percent of hospitals now meet the Leapfrog ICU staffing standard, up from just 10 percent in 2002.
  • Hospitals with all of Leapfrog’s recommended policies in place to prevent common HAIs jumped from just 13 percent to 35 percent between 2007 and 2008.
  • Sixty percent of hospitals have agreed to implement Leapfrog’s "never events" policy when a serious reportable event occurs within their facility.

"Progress on patient safety is moving too slowly," according to Binder. "Consumers and purchasers of healthcare want hospitals to implement safety standards and procedures known to improve quality and reduce unnecessary injury and death. The safety goals Leapfrog promotes are achievable. More hospitals should be meeting the Leapfrog standards for common and high-risk procedures."

The voluntary Leapfrog Hospital Survey results are as of Dec. 31, 2008, and include 1,276 hospitals in 37 major U.S. metropolitan areas, representing 48 percent of the urban, general acute-care hospitals (53 percent of hospital beds in these areas).

Address: Leapfrog Group, c/o Academy Health, 1150 17th St. NW, Suite 600, Washington DC 20036; (202) 292-6713, www.leapfroggroup.org.


  This article was taken from:
Pay-For-Performance Reporter

Free Trial Subscription

Become a Subscriber

    Back to This Week's List of Articles

"Managed Care Weekly Watch"
Subscribe Here

Email:

Name:

 
Top | Home


Resource of the Month | Database of MCOs | Publications | News & Industry | Surveys & Research | Free Products | Advertising Arena | Inside MCIC | Managed Care Archives | ManagedCareMarketplace.com | For Subscribers | Customer Service

©2009 The Managed Care Information Center