In this observational analysis, researchers compared quartiles of hospital Leapfrog’s “Safe Practice Survey” scores (which is a combination of 13 National Quality Forum endorsed safety practices), and risk-adjusted mortality, and found no correlation. Although the study is limited to a retrospective analysis and only represented 14% of Leapfrog’s self-reported hospital scores, it does call into question the clinical benefits of these process measures (abstract). The Leapfrog group responded to the article on it’s website, citing the limitations of the study, but calling for continued transparency and further research (Leapfrog site)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.