Leapfrog Group releases top hospitals for 2008

The Leapfrog Group has released its 2008 list of Top Hospitals. WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2008 – Twenty-six hospitals and seven children’s hospitals have been named 2008 Top Hospitals, based on results of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. This year the number of qualifying hospitals has narrowed since hospitals must now not only implemented computerized physician order entry (CPOE) but also tested these systems using Leapfrog’s evaluation Tool. In addition, Leapfrog added Neuro ICUs to the ICU physician staffing standard for 2008.

The voluntary survey asks hospitals about their performance in four crucial areas, or “leaps”:

• Do physicians enter prescriptions and other orders into computers linked to medication error prevention software? And are those systems tested to assure that users are warned about serious prescribing errors?

• How well do hospitals perform seven complex high-risk procedures* and care for high-risk deliveries? (*Coronary artery bypass graft, percutaneous coronary intervention, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve replacement, pancreatic resection, esophagectomy, bariatric surgery.)

• Are hospital intensive care units (ICUs) staffed by qualified specialists?

• Do hospitals have safety practices and policies advocated by the National Quality Forum to reduce harm and errors?

(SOURCES: Advisory Board Daily Briefing , http://advisory.com, September 25, 2008; The Leapfrog Group , http://leapfroggroup.org, accessed September 27, 2008)