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Gonzalez AA, Ghaferi AA. JAMA Surg. 2014;149:413-414.
This editorial examines whether The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Score accurately directs patients to hospitals with better outcomes. The Leapfrog grades were linked to patient outcomes using national Medicare databases. The small subset of hospitals with failing grades (D or F) had worse outcomes, including increased mortality. Differences among hospitals receiving A, B, or C grades were negligible, raising questions about the value of these scores.
Rensselaer, NY: Healthcare Association of New York State; October 2013.
This publication assessed 10 widely disseminated hospital report cards by criteria including transparency of methodology, evidence-based measures, and data quality. While inconsistent methods across reports hindered direct comparisons, a few reports received high marks.
Review into the Quality of Care and Treatment Provided by 14 Hospital Trusts in England: Overview Report.
Keogh B. London, UK: National Health Service; July 2013.
Outlining findings from an investigation into care delivered at National Health Service trusts with high mortality rates, this report details weaknesses in the organizations and recommends actions to address them.