Posted 6/06/12 on The Hospitalist Leader
A new site and hospital grading system went up yesterday, developed by The Leapfrog Group. It combines both HHS and Leapfrog metrics to produce a letter grade, and was vetted by objective national quality experts (which does not make it ideal of course). Your hospital is almost certainly in the database. Take a look here.
Of course, folks are not happy:
–New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center, which also got a C, says the report card’s methodology hasn’t been validated, is highly subjective, and creates results that are confusing for consumers.
“It is an incomplete and imperfect snapshot, and much of the analysis is based on outdated information from disparate sources,” the hospital said in a statement provided to the Health Blog. “Leapfrog’s analysis is simply not indicative of the quality of care patients receive at Mount Sinai.”
–The Cleveland Clinic also questioned the survey’s methodology [received a C grade], saying it relied on outdated data. Quality and patient safety officer Shannon Phillips says the hospital has reduced central-line infections every year since 2009. It is now below the 1 infection per 1,000 central-line days cited in the safety score.
–“We have concerns about relying on methodologies which utilize self-reporting questionnaires, which in this case can carry significant weight,” says Keith Woeltje, director of the clinical-advisory group at St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare, whose Barnes-Jewish Hospital got a C grade. Barnes-Jewish encourages patients to seek data on the Department of Health and Human Services’ Hospital Compare site.
Leapfrog gave 729 hospitals an “A” grade, 679 hospitals a “B” and 1,111 hospitals a “C.” Another 132 hospitals were scored with “Grade Pending,” Leapfrog’s euphemism for below a “C.”
Of course there is going to be complaining, but notice the boldface above. Do you think the same hospitals who receive mediocre grades will trumpet lack of validation when they read this, circulate their
glowing media copy, and then oops, stumble on to this?
I don’t think so.
Bradley Flansbaum MD is a hospitalist at Lenox Hill Hospital in NY City.