Leapfrog Group Names 20 California Hospitals Among Best in Nation
On Wednesday, the Leapfrog Group named 65 hospitals to its fifth annual top hospitals list, which is intended to recognize hospitals that meet the group's patient safety, care quality, and efficiency standards, Modern Healthcare reports.
The Leapfrog Group is an independent coalition of public and private organizations that advocates forÂ health care affordability, quality and safety.
Nearly 1,200 hospitals were eligible for the honor, which required the organizations to fill out the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and demonstrate that they had met Leapfrog GroupÂ standards in four critical areas. The survey is based on safety practices identified by national organizations like CMS and the National Quality Forum.
The organization selected hospitals that had:
- Adopted computerized provider order entry systems;
- Met the group's performance threshold for treatment of at least one complex, high-risk procedure performed at their facility, such as cardiac surgery;
- Fulfilled requirements for nurse and physician staffing; and
- Enforced NQF-recommended policies to reduce medical errors.
The 2010 list includes the largest number of hospitals since the list was created in 2006. It includes 53 community, teaching, urban or suburban hospitals -- such as several Kaiser Permanente centers -- five rural hospitals and seven children's hospitals (McKinney, Modern Healthcare, 12/1).
Twenty of the hospitals cited in the Leapfrog Group's report are located in California. Some of the California facilities include:
- Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center (Rosenberg, San Jose Mercury News, 12/1);
- Kaiser Permanente in San Jose;
- Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara;
- Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame;
- Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Palo Alto (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, 12/1);
- Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center; and
- UC-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento (Calvan, Sacramento Bee, 12/1).
A full list of the hospitals cited in the report is available from a Leapfrog Group release (Leapfrog Group release, 12/1).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.