Kevin Downey, Colorado Hospital Association
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kevin.downey@cha.com

CHA Statement on The Leapfrog Group “Hospital Safety Scores” Report

Date June 6, 2012

Greenwood Village, Colo. (June 6, 2012) — The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) does not endorse nor support the “Hospital Safety Scores” report released by The Leapfrog Group on June 6, 2012. While CHA applauds The Leapfrog Group’s efforts to increase awareness of and access to information regarding quality and patient safety measures at hospitals, the Association has questions and concerns regarding the methodology used by The Leapfrog Group in tabulating its “Hospital Safety Scores,” including the following:
  • While some of The Leapfrog Group’s report uses select, publicly available safety and quality measures, the hospital “grades” resulting from these measures rely on a complicated, proprietary scoring methodology developed by The Leapfrog Group that does not appear to have been vetted by any well-recognized governmental or third-party patient safety entity.
  • The report appears to rate hospitals on a curve, which may unfairly omit certain hospitals from receiving deserved “grades.”
  • Several of the publicly available process and outcome measures that The Leapfrog Group selected to include in calculating these “grades” may be discontinued from reporting requirements by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as early as 2013.
  • Eleven of the 26 measures used in The Leapfrog Group’s scoring methodology are derived from hospitals that participated in The Leapfrog Group’s optional annual survey—yet hospitals that do not complete this survey still received “grades” that attempt to account for “missing data.” CHA is concerned that this had led to inappropriate scoring discrepancies.
  • For hospitals that declined to participate in The Leapfrog Group survey, the data used to tabulate this letter grade is the same data that is already publicly available via CMS, only with Leapfrog’s custom scoring methodology applied to the data.
CHA supports transparency of and access to hospital safety and quality data for patients that rely on universally recognized calculation and reporting methods. CHA encourages interested patients to utilize the Colorado Hospital Report Card website, the annual status report on the health facility-acquired infections disclosure initiative by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and the Hospital Compare website operated by CMS.

About the Colorado Hospital Association
The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) represents 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout Colorado. CHA partners with its members to work towards health reform and performance improvement, and provides advocacy and representation at the state and federal level. Colorado hospitals and health systems are committed to providing coverage and access to safe, high-quality and affordable health care. In addition, Colorado hospitals have a tremendous impact on the state’s economic stability and growth, contributing to nearly every community across the state with 72,000 employees statewide.