The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Leapfrog Group has launched a new Web site and is looking to capture some feedback with it.
Thus far, 1,169 hospitals have responded to a list of hospital quality questions. The survey asks:
- Does the hospital use the best known methods to prevent medical errors?
- What are the odds of dying at a hospital as a result of undergoing certain high-risk surgeries there?
- How efficient is the hospital in performing certain procedures?
- Are medication orders handled electronically, known to be the best method to prevent medication errors? And if the hospital has a computerized system, is it effective?
- How well does the hospital perform seven high-risk procedures and care for high-risk deliveries?
- Is the hospital’s intensive care unit staffed by qualified specialists?
- How prevalent are hospital acquired conditions such as bed sores, falls and burns?
- Does the hospital have a policy that includes not billing for “never events”?
The list of Leapfrog Top Hospitals will be released in September.