Minnesota Hospitals Slip In Safety Rankings

Less than half of participating hospitals in state receive A's for patient safety.

The fall semester was a little tougher for Minnesota hospitals than the spring when it comes to keeping patients safe from harm like infections and medication errors.

That’s according to the latest patient safety grades handed out by The Leapfrog Group, the Washington-based employer coalition focused on the quality and safety of care provided to employees.

Of the 36 Minnesota hospitals that voluntarily submitted patient safety data to the group to compile its Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report, 16, or 44 percent, got A’s for their effort. That’s down from 21, or 55 percent, of the 38 Minnesota hospitals that submitted data to The Leapfrog Group for its spring 2016 report, as previously reported by Twin Cities Business

Still, participating hospitals here outperformed hospitals nationally on patient safety. Of the 2,633 participating hospitals nationally: 844, or 32 percent, got A’s; 658, or 25 percent, got B’s; 954, or 36 percent got C’s; 157, or 6 percent, got D’s; and 20, or less than 1 percent, got F’s.

In Minnesota, eight hospitals, or 22 percent, got B’s; 11, or 31 percent, got C’s; one, or 3 percent, got a D; and no participating hospital in the state got an F for patient safety.

With 44 percent of its participating hospitals getting A’s, Minnesota finished 11th in The Leapfrog Group’s fall state ranking of states with the safest hospitals. Hawaii was No. 1, where eight of 12, or 67 percent, of its participating hospitals got A’s. Alaska, Delaware, the District of Columbia and North Dakota tied for last. None of the participating hospitals there received an A grade for patient safety.

Employers, employees and health plans can look up the patient safety grades of individual hospitals by visiting The Leapfrog Group’s hospital safety grade website.

The group’s fall patient safety grades come a week after MN Community Measurement said Minnesota hospitals on average have the same or lower patient mortality rates than hospitals nationally after treating patients for three common medical conditions: heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.