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Healthcare Advocacy Group Lists NY Hospitals as 47th in Country in Safety and Quality of Care Issues

By Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP

Leapfrog, a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit organization, monitors and reports on the quality and safety of healthcare in the United States.  In its most recent report, Leapfrog listed New York hospitals as ranking 47th out of 50 states in terms of quality and safety concerning healthcare issues.

The review looked at a variety of serious health-related issues, from infectious-disease prevention measures to surgical errors.

It included a new analysis of post-operative sepsis, which results in suffering, disability, and sometimes death for an estimated 160,000 people a year nationally, the group noted, adding Black people are twice as likely as white people to be diagnosed with sepsis.

New York state overall ranked 47th worst in the country in terms of hospital safety, according to Leapfrog’s latest safety grades, which was down from 46th worst in the group’s spring ranking.

The ranking noted New York’s percentage of hospitals receiving an A safety grade, at 8%, fell far short of top-performing states ranging between 40% and 56%, including Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan.

The rankings demonstrate a historically consistency in that New York hospitals have ranked well below the national average in terms of quality and safety in healthcare. 

Lohud published an article about the report and included the rankings of individual New York hospitals in the article.  If you are interested in how a particular New York hospital fared, you may go to the Leapfrog website (link provided above) and read the results.  The results vary widely by the hospital and by category of care and procedures.  However, the information is a helpful factor in forcing hospitals to be more transparent in how they treat patients and the safety issues facing the institutions. 

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