The Hospital Safety Score assigns an A, B, C, D, or F grade to more than 2,500 general hospitals in the United States. The score grades general acute care hospitals on their patient safety from data that patient safety experts use to compare hospitals.
The Leapfrog Group, responsible for administering the Hospital Safety Score, is a national nonprofit organization with the charge of promoting and informing about hospital safety. The Hospital Safety Score methodology is the only publically accessible safety scorecard free to the public. The score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grade indicators of the hospital’s overall success in keeping patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical/medication errors. Of the hospitals that were issued a score, 780 earned an A, 638 earned a B, 932 earned a C, 148 earned a D and 16 earned an F. About 1.9% of hospitals showed a dramatic change in their score, moving two or more grades up or down.
A score cannot be calculated for hospitals without publically available data. Examples of hospitals without scores are:
- Critical access hospitals (CAH)
- Long-term care and rehabilitation facilities
- Mental health facilities
- Federal hospitals
- Specialty hospitals (surgical centers/cancer hospitals)
- Free-standing pediatric hospitals
- Hospitals in US territories
- Hospitals that do not participate in the CMS Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)
- Hospitals missing more than 9 process/structural measures or more than 3 outcome measures
Of the scored hospitals, they have made only incremental progress in addressing errors, accidents, injuries and infections since November 2012. Roughly one in four of all hospitalized patients suffer some form of harm. Patient safety should be a top priority to providers and consumers alike to reduce unnecessary injuries and fatalities. Resources readily available like the safety score lends to creating a more conscious healthcare consumer and motivates hospitals to place patient safety at the high level of priority it deserves.
To check your Local Hospital’s Safety Score, click the button in our sidebar to the left, visit http://www.hosptialsafetyscore.org or use Hospital Safety Score’s free mobile app.