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More Hospitals Pledge To Follow Leapfrog Group’s Medical Error Policy

Posted by Frank Spector | Oct 31, 2008 | 0 Comments

Modern Healthcare (10/27, DerGurahian) reported that “more hospitals pledged this year to follow the Leapfrog Group's policy on medical errors, or ‘never events,' according to the latest results released from the group's annual survey.” Data indicate that “of the 1,220 hospitals that participated in the 2008 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, 63 percent said that they have implemented the never-events policy, up from 52 percent of hospitals in 2007.” These medical facilities “are twice as likely to have a higher safe-practices score from Leapfrog.” But “adoption of the policy varies widely across regions.” In fact, less than “35 percent of hospitals in Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin…said that they implemented the never-events policy,” whereas “more than 90 percent of participating hospitals in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, and Minnesota said that they have adopted it.”

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