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AHA: Leapfrog 'Manipulated' Data Related to Safety Scores

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 28, 2012

1. Bias toward hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group's survey
"Chief among our concerns is that the methodology The Leapfrog Group uses appears to favor its own survey over other similarly reliable sources of information," Umbdenstock said.

Of all the hospitals in the U.S., only about 1,000 participate in the Leapfrog Group's voluntary reporting program, which collects information on whether the hospital uses a computerized provider order entry system (CPOE) and whether it has dedicated intensivists in the intensive care unit. 

For hospitals that don't voluntarily participate in the Leapfrog survey, a secondary source was used, such as the American Hospital Association's own Health Information Technology annual survey.

Leapfrog participant hospitals can earn 100 points toward a high letter grade in each of those categories, but non-participating hospitals judged on the AHA's HIT survey, can get only 15 points.

"Therefore it is unclear why The Leapfrog Group would give so little weight to an answer to a similar question in the AHA survey," he wrote.

"By assigning vastly different point scores to similar information derived from reliable secondary sources, we are concerned that the scorecard can lead patients to inappropriate conclusions," he wrote.

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MedicalQuack (6/28/2012 at 10:48 AM)
I said not too long ago, time for the ratings game to stop and not only Leapfrog but all of it as we need to move on. Ok to have a comparison list to show what every hospital offers as far as services for sure so consumers can drill down and find what they need, but the ratings part of it I think has kind of passed it's time of being useful as we move forward, and you can't rely on all the data today as flawed data is creeping in there as well. I found it 2 years ago with my former doctor, who had been dead for 8 years still listed as being alive and taking new patients:) Here's my 2 cents on the topic, let's move on. http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/2012/06/healthgrades-puts-out-top-hospital.html