The Leapfrog Group has responded to a lawsuit filed by a Chicago-area hospital alleging that the organization gave it an inaccurate patient safety rating. In the presentation, Leapfrog argues that Saint Anthony Hospital did not review its own data within the necessary timeframe.
Saint Anthony sued Leapfrog in November alleging that the group knowingly used incorrect information to determine the patient's safety rating in the fall. The qualification of San Antonio fell from an "A" in the spring to a "C".
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The hospital said that Leapfrog explained that the rating was reduced because he only used the electronic prescription between 50% and 74% weather. However, in the trial, the hospital claims that it actually uses electronic prescriptions at least 95% of the time.
Leapfrog did not question that the information used to determine the hospital's rating could be inaccurate, but said in his affirmative defense (PDF) that Saint Anthony had four opportunities to see the data and request the opportunity to update them. Leapfrog said he set a schedule for all hospitals so that the data can be evaluated "under constant conditions and in a uniform time frame."
"Leapfrog adheres to established and well-publicized policies and processes to maintain consistency and reliability in the administration of the program and the calculation of degrees of security," the organization said in the court's presentation.
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Leapfrog also said in the presentation that all participating hospitals had two weeks in June to review their self-information data before they were published online in late July. Hospitals were notified to review and update their surveys before August 31, and on September 13, they were offered a three-week period to review the fall notes.
Leapfrog said in court that Saint Anthony did connect to the system to see his data in October, but did not make any changes. Hospitals received another review period for the degrees in mid-October, and Saint Anthony again had no response, according to Leapfrog.
The hospital contacted Leapfrog Group less than a week before the grades were set to be published to dispute their score, the organization said. Because of this, Leapfrog said the hospital is responsible for its own intermediate rating, but offered to help Saint Anthony present future surveys to ensure the data is correct.
The lawsuit, said Leapfrog, is the tactic of the hospital's eleventh hour to delay the clock with a disappointing safety rating.
Critics of Leapfrog's security ratings have questioned his confidence in self-reported security data. A study from the University of Michigan found that hospitals that voluntarily reported compliance with Leapfrog protocols did not necessarily have lower rates of hospital-acquired infection or lower federal readmission penalties.