A report card rating safety practices at New Jersey’s hospitals seems to be making a noticeable difference, as marks have been improving since the first report card was issued in spring 2012.
The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score report, released roughly every six months, gave “A” grades to 27 of the 67 New Jersey hospitals rated, compared with 23 in the first report card. The state ranked ninth in the country in percentage of states with the highest-level grades.
The scores are based on 28 different publicly available measures, which are weighed based on recommendations from a panel of hospital safety experts gathered by the Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit founded by employers and focused on increasing hospital safety, quality and affordability.
Although the group’s first safety report card was only released last
year, the organization said both employers and insurers are using scores
in determining how they shape health plans.
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