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Methodology

The Hospital Safety Score uses national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

In addition, secondary data from the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey* was used to give hospitals as much credit as possible toward their safety score. The Hospital Safety Score includes 28 measures, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs.

Scoring Methodology to be Used for Spring 2014 release of Hospital Safety Scores [April 2014]

Explanation of Safety Score Grades [April 2014]

*Source AHA Annual Survey, Health Forum, LLC, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association.