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
in their decision making, contracting, P4P and benefits design, the
"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
Of the 1,244 hospitals in 45 states that completed
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
only 35 percent last year.
To gauge waste, Leapfrog’s resource use
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
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.