We have previously written on this blog about the results of an annual survey conducted by The Leapfrog Group, which rates hospitals according to how well they avoid medical errors and patient harm in the delivery of health care services. The survey is aimed at helping consumers of health care services to evaluate the quality of care they are seeking and to encourage providers and health care systems to improve their safety performance.
Last year, the survey showed that the state of Michigan ranked 21st in terms of its overall safety performance, with 23.8 percent of its hospitals achieving an “A” grade from Leapfrog. This year, improvements were made to put Michigan’s rank at 19th, with 36.7 percent of hospitals statewide earning an “A”.
Not all hospitals respond to the survey, and this year Leapfrog said only about 60 percent responded. Of the 79 hospitals that did respond, 15 of them receive B grades, 31 received a C, and four received a D. Fortunately, no hospitals had low enough safety performance to qualify for an F grade.
Needless to say, patients in Michigan can certainly benefit from becoming aware of the work of the Leapfrog Group. Wisely selecting one’s medical and surgical providers can help patients to ensure they receive high quality care. When errors in health care do occur, of course, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney to determine what options are available and to vigorously pursue just compensation in the court system, when it makes sense to do so.