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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 Fall 2013 release of Hospital Safety Scores [October 2013]

Explanation of Safety Score Grades [October 2013]

Scoring Methodology to be used in April 2014 release of the Hospital Safety Score

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