Hospitals, Patient Engagement

What states lead, trail in hospital safety? (infographic)

The Leapfrog Group released its semiannual Hospital Safety Score on Tuesday, and highlighted the huge number of preventable deaths that occur each year in the U.S.

Maine, for the fourth time in a row, had the highest percentage of hospitals earning “A” grades for safety from the Leapfrog Group, a coalition of large employers advocating for safer, lower-cost healthcare. On the opposite side, not a single hospital in four states and the District of Columbia got an A in the 2015 Hospital Safety Score ratings.

Since 2012, the Hospital Safety Score has assigned letter grades twice a year to hospitals nationwide, based on rates of medical errors, patient harm, accidents and infections. The new ratings, released Tuesday, cover 2,530 hospitals.

The grades break down this way:

  • A: 773 hospitals (30.6 percent)
  • B: 724 (28.6 percent)
  • C: 866 (34.2 percent)
  • D: 133 (5.3 percent)
  • F: 34 (1.3 percent)

Leapfrog gave a “straight A” to 133 hospitals for not wavering from the top level since the Hospital Safety Score began three years ago.

The organization said that 46 percent of hospitals rated this time changed letter grades from the last semiannual scorecard.

Image: PRNewsFoto/The Leapfrog Group