Hospitals not concerned with "C" grades for safety - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Hospitals not concerned with "C" grades for safety

Posted: Updated:
WATERLOO (KWWL) - Hospital safety scores are in from one advocacy group.

The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Score assigned safety scores to more than 2,500 hospitals in the U.S. based on their abilities to prevent errors, injuries and infections.

According to a press release from the group, data shows improvement in hospital safety practices since 2012, but the data also reveals that some hospitals remain stagnant.

UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital, which was names one of the top 100 hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, received a "C" grade from the survey.

Chief Medical Officer at Allen Hospital Tim Horrigan said the results don't mean much because the hospital didn't participate in the survey.

"I wouldn't say Leapfrog is deceitful," he said. "I think Leapfrog is taking what they want from various places to create their own score," he said.

According to Horrigan, the hospital uses other survey measures and other quality reporting tools.

While he admits they'd like to receive top grades on all surveys, he said the hospital focuses on other external and internal survey measures.

"I think it's very important that people know that for the kind of patients we're treating, we're treating them the best," he said.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) was also given a "C" on the Hospital Safety Score.

In a statement, a spokesman from UIHC said the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative does not support or endorse hospital reporting to Leapfrog for the following reasons:

"The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative has significant reservations about the value to Iowans of reliance on proprietary surveys or quality measurement tools, such as Leapfrog. It therefore does not endorse such proprietary products. IHC and Iowa hospitals’ experience with TMIT, the precursor to the Leapfrog survey, leaves significant hospital to hospital scoring reliability questions, which, in our view, dramatically weakens the validity and usefulness of the Leapfrog data.

IHC endorses the National Quality Forum’s 30 Safe Practices and prefers to focus on evidence-based metrics that promote quality and safety improvement.

Consumers are increasingly gaining access to better, reliable, quantifiable data describing healthcare provider performance. The IHC reports publicly on CMS measures, AHRQ and through the HAI Reporting Initiative.

The IHC has become an unprecedented focus of engagement of Iowa’s healthcare provider community in initiatives to improve the quality and safety within our healthcare delivery system. It has accomplished this by involving providers in the selection of evidence-based metrics with the goals of public transparency, statewide quality and safety measurement, and improvement. Iowa’s healthcare providers are already very engaged in patient safety and quality improvements as evidenced by the work of the Collaborative.

A cornerstone of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative is responsible public reporting. It is the position of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative that the Leapfrog Survey does not meet the criteria of the IHC Responsible Public Reporting Policy."

Additional information about the hospital survey and scores can be found by visiting HospitalSafetyScore.org

  • NEWSNEWSMore>>

  • Toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons

    Toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:08 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:08:14 GMT
    Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons.More >>
    Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons.More >>
  • Renters may have changes coming their way

    Renters may have changes coming their way

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:12 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:12:51 GMT
    The idea of living in a four-bedroom apartment with three unrelated roommates, may be coming to a stop in Cedar Falls. Task Force Member, Fred Abraham, has proposed the idea of reducing the maximum number of unrelated renters in a single-family home from four to three. He also think that any single family homes that are converted into rentals should either rent only to families or to no more than two unrelated people. His ideas behind these proposals is to reduce density and "preserve the cha...More >>
    The idea of living in a four-bedroom apartment with three unrelated roommates, may be coming to a stop in Cedar Falls. Task Force Member, Fred Abraham, has proposed the idea of reducing the maximum number of unrelated renters in a single-family home from four to three. He also think that any single family homes that are converted into rentals should either rent only to families or to no more than two unrelated people. His ideas behind these proposals is to reduce density and "preserve the cha...More >>
  • Goodwill closes one store, builds another

    Goodwill closes one store, builds another

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:27:14 GMT
    Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa plans to close its store in the Crossroads Center area, and build a new one.For the last 5-6 years Goodwill has been working towards getting away from leased facilities and towards owning their own facilities. The current store in one of the older units in the area, and is very dated, according to a Goodwill employee. There is also current concerns with security issues and safety problems. The store will be less square footage, but according to Chris Hars...More >>
    Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa plans to close its store in the Crossroads Center area, and build a new one.For the last 5-6 years Goodwill has been working towards getting away from leased facilities and towards owning their own facilities. The current store in one of the older units in the area, and is very dated, according to a Goodwill employee. There is also current concerns with security issues and safety problems. The store will be less square footage, but according to Chris Hars...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.