May 10, 2022
  • The Leapfrog Group released its twice-annual hospital safety grades and an accompanying inpatient experience report showing a general decline among several hospital safety measures concurrent with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 3,000 U.S. general hospitals graded, 33 percent received an “A,” 24 percent a “B,” and 36 percent a “C.” The inpatient experience report suggests statistically significant declines in hospital staff responsiveness (a 3.7 percent decrease), followed by communication about medicines (a 2.9 percent decrease), and cleanliness of the hospital (a 2.9 percent decrease). Leapfrog noted that these areas and others likely took a hit due to pandemic strains on the health care workforce. (Press release here)