The "A" grade - the highest designation bestowed by Leapfrog - recognizes Tufts MC's successful efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safe patient care standards in the United States.
Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Group uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign a letter grade to hospitals across the US on their overall ability to keep patients safe from preventable harm. The group strives to promote transparency in health care quality reporting, by grading hospitals from "A" to "F" on how well they protect patients from medical errors, infections and other preventable harm.
The safety score comes from data compiled by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Agency for Healthcare Research Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Hospital Association, Health Information Technology Supplement and Leapfrog's own survey. Three hospitals earned a D and two earned an F. IL sits at No. 12, up from No. 15 in the spring, on Leapfrog's state rankings list, which compares the number of "A" hospitals in a state with its total number of graded hospitals. In the Spring 2018 report, none of Newark's hospitals earned an A.
Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 USA hospitals twice per year. "The Leapfrog Safety Grade is an excellent yardstick for us to measure ourselves against the best hospitals in the country as we move one step closer to achieving straight A's throughout our system".
Because the 28 safety categories can seem overwhelming, Leapfrog advises patients to start by reviewing just three measures: hand washing practices, blood infections and patient falls.
"We send comments to the CMS every year on their proposed inpatient prospective payment system rule, and we say, 'you really should have some measures on medication safety.' And so far we have not been given our wish", she said.
In the spring, the hospital received a C, and at the time, Thomas Owens, president of Duke University and the senior vice president of the Duke University Health System, told The News & Observer the data in the report was three years old and didn't reflect Duke's safety today.
Dr. Lawrence Ramunno, chief medical officer at University said the D grade, up from an F in the fall survey, indicates a positive trend. The state became aware of the infection after a premature baby who received care at the hospital and had the bacteria died at the end of September.
All Triangle hospitals but one received an A, and some did worse than the national average in certain key safety measures.
"Safety is truly a part of our DNA, and we are continually evaluating our processes and refining our initiatives to ensure that we are providing the highest quality, safest care to our patients and their families", Terry said.
St. Joseph's Wayne Medical Center did not fare so well in the ratings, receiving a "C" grade, according to the rating organization.
For Saint Michael's, the turnaround is even more dramatic. "This award is demonstrative of our extraordinary commitment to compassionate, quality healthcare and patient safety". "From the moment Prime Healthcare took ownership of the hospital, patient safety and continuous quality improvement were the top priority". And Leapfrog also assesses training, staffing and hospital protocols.