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Home / News & IndustryManaged Care Insight and Analysis
Updated: January 18, 2011
Upgrade Quality, Reduce Waste To Improve Hospital Quality

Hospital quality needs significant improvement and waste remains rampant, found the recently released 2009 Leapfrog Hospital Survey .

Fewer than half of hospitals queried are achieving adequate quality standards.

More purchasers are turning to Leapfrog performance data in their decision making, contracting, P4P and benefits design, the organization said.

"There is significant improvement in performance," leading to improved quality of care for employees, said Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder. "Still, at most, half of [the] hospitals ever achieve acceptable standards for mortality, and that’s very concerning."

Of the 1,244 hospitals in 45 states that completed the 2009 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, 53.5 percent met Leapfrog’s quality standard for heart bypass surgery, compared to only 43 percent in 2008. Similarly, this year 44 percent of hospitals met Leapfrog’s quality standard for heart angioplasty, compared to only 35 percent last year.

To gauge waste, Leapfrog’s resource use measure is based on risk-adjusted mean length-of-stay tempered by readmission rates as length-of-stay is a strong determinant of cost.

"Employers and other large purchasers of care need to be assertive in demanding hospitals reduce this waste and improve their Leapfrog performance," Binder said.

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


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