More Than 100 California Hospitals Receive Top Safety Score
Details of Report
For its latest scores, the Leapfrog Group assigned letter grades -- "A," "B," "C," "D" or "F" -- to 2,520 U.S. hospitals based on their performance on:
- 15 process and structural safety measures; and
- 13 outcome-based safety measures.
The group used data from:
- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality;
- The American Hospital Association's annual survey;
- CMS; and
- The Leapfrog Hospital Survey (Leapfrog methodology, October 2014).
The grades are released twice a year.
Since April, when the last report was released, 72 hospitals across the U.S. changed their previous score by at least two grades -- for better or for worse.
According to the latest report:
- 790 hospitals received an "A";
- 688 received a "B";
- 868 received a "C";
- 148 received a "D"; and
- 26 received an "F" (Leapfrog release, 10/29).
The data showed significant improvement since the spring on the 15 process measures (Corwin, Augusta Chronicle, 10/28). Such measures included hand hygiene, intensive care unit staffing and medication reconciliation (Leapfrog release, 10/29).
However, hospitals did not show significant improvement on the 13 outcome-based measures considered (Augusta Chronicle, 10/28).
Of the 250 California hospitals graded by Leapfrog in the report:
- 108 received an "A";
- 48 received a "B";
- 70 received a "C";
- 17 received a "D"; and
- Seven received an "F."
The seven hospitals that received failing grades were:
- Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster;
- El Centro Regional Medical Center;
- Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield;
- Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta;
- Madera Community Hospital;
- Natividad Medical Center in Salinas; and
- Western Medical Center of Santa Ana.
Those California facilities represent more than 25% of the total failing scores issued nationwide.
Meanwhile, 31 Kaiser Permanente facilities and 14 Sutter Health facilities in the state received "A" grades (Payers & Providers, 10/30).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.