October 8, 2007 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

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Evidence is accumulating that the Leapfrog Group is getting the attention of the nations hospitals. It reports that just over half (52%) of hospitals have adopted the Leapfrog Groups’ “Never Events” policy, a list of actions hospitals pledge to take whenever a rare medical error occurs that should never happen to a patient. In its Leapfrog Quality and Safety Survey, the Washington, DC- based organization said that, during this year, 1,285 hospitals reported for the first time on their adherence to the policy. The policy requires that hospitals apologize to the patient or family affected by the error, report the event to one of three patient safety agencies, do a root cause analysis to identify the source of the error, and waive all costs directly related to the event.


The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation is publishing infection and death rates at its 11 hospitals. Responding to concern about hospital-acquired conditions, the nation’s largest public health system now posts mortality, mortality heart attacks, preventable bloodstream infection, and pneumonia rates, among other data, on its Web site (https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/). The 11 hospitals in the system treat 1.3 million patients annually. In a separate action, the New York State Assembly passed a law this year requiring hospitals to report infection rates to the state Health Department, which will issue hospital reports in 2009.

MORE ON: Infection Rates

In 19 states, hospitals are required to report information to the public about hospital-acquired conditions such as bloodstream infections. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, and Vermont are among the states that mandate reporting of hospital data. The New Jersey State Legislature has passed a bill that requires hospitals to publish infection rates. It is awaiting Governor Jon Corzine’s signature.


  • Emory University named Fred Sanfilippo, M.D., Ph.D., to be Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and Chairman of the Board of Emory Healthcare. He is currently senior vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences at Ohio State University, and CEO of the OSU Medical Center. He also has served as President of the American Society of Investigative Pathology (ASIP).

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