Leapfrog adds CPOE to hospital survey
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 12, 2008
Changes to the Leapfrog Group's 2008 Hospital Survey include an outlet for participating hospitals to test their computerized physician order-entry systems for effectiveness. Hospitals with CPOEs that do not take the test cannot achieve the "Fully Meets" or "Good Progress" requirements for the survey. Leapfrog claims to be the first to provide a way for hospitals to be certain their CPOEs are actually catching errors.
Other changes include addition of a tool that forecasts a patient's odds of dying at a particular hospital from certain high-risk surgeries. The ICU staffing measures now include neuro ICUs. Questions related to surgeon volume were eliminated, except for bariatric surgery. And the number of safe practices evaluated was reduced from 30 to 13.
The Leapfrog Group, a coalition of large health care purchasers, has been conducting the quality survey since 2001. Each year, more than 1,300 hospitals participate in the survey, which was previously called the "Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey."
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2008/05/12/bibf0512.htm.