For the second consecutive year, The Leapfrog Group reports that Cooley Dickinson Hospital ranked in the top 10 percent on overall value, a measure that takes into account the quality of care hospitals provide as well as resource use.
Among the Leapfrog database of 1,066 hospitals from 43 states, Cooley Dickinson earned roll-up scores of 81 on quality and 88 on resource use in Leapfrog’s 2011 Hospital Survey. The value score combines the quality and resource scores, with quality weighted most. Cooley Dickinson’s 83 for value is 11 points above the 72 score needed to rank in the top 10 percent.
Leapfrog scores validate that Cooley Dickinson provides high-quality, safe patient care without overusing resources. A value score in the top 10 percent means Cooley Dickinson offers good value to the community we serve and the employers who insure many CDH patients.
Leapfrog’s quality score is based on a hospital’s performance on 20+ national quality standards. The standards measured include care provided for common conditions such as pneumonia and normal deliveries of babies, intensive care unit physician staffing levels, and performance on preventing conditions such as pressure ulcers and central-line associated bloodstream infections.
To measure resource use, Leapfrog evaluates data such as the average number of days patients are in the hospital for common conditions and how few of those patients are readmitted within 14 days.
Leapfrog describes its survey as, “the gold standard for comparing hospitals’ performance on the national standards of safety, quality, and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care.”