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Leapfrog Issues Hospital Safety Report Cards



To identify which hospitals are the most and least likely to cause avoidable patient harm, The Leapfrog Group is generating report cards with letter grades—"one score that any consumer can understand before they walk into the door of a hospital."  But the American Hospital Association calls many of the measures used by Leapfrog to evaluate safety "flawed."



1 comments on "Leapfrog Issues Hospital Safety Report Cards"
Robert Finney PhD (6/6/2012 at 12:17 PM)

Patient Safety for Dummies Doctors "gamble" with patients' lives, but don't let the patient in on the bet. All the emphasis on communication apparently excludes the patient from the requirement of informed consent in making all medical decisions, which is a legal requirement. HMOs and medical groups are obsessed with protecting doctors from the consequences of medical errors. Kaiser Permanente really does gamble with patients' lives, including rewarding schedulers for not giving patients appointments, drive-thru deliveries, lying to kidney transplant patients, allowing social workers to prescribe drugs without psychiatrists' permission, failure to report sexual molestation of women patients... and most recently leaving a towel inside a patient. In the Permanente Journal (Kaiser's own publication), a Kaiser patient safety doctor admits that the health plan is the third party in the exam room, controlling the doctor-patient relationship, including the relationship between patient safety and cost to the health plan. Original investigations posted on www.hmohardball.com Robert Finney PhD