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Quarter of hospitals fail to comply with Leapfrog’s never-event policy
Modern Healthcare

About a quarter of hospitals fail to meet the Leapfrog Group’s standards in addressing serious patient harm events should they occur, according to a new report.

The analysis, published Thursday, found 74.5% of the more than 2,000 hospitals that participated in the 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Survey complied with all nine aspects of the group’s never-event policy. Hospital compliance with the standard has hovered at or slightly below 80% since 2014.

“These are fundamental principles in any other industry, but in healthcare it’s not fundamental or else we would have 100% compliance,” said Leah Binder, CEO of the Leapfrog Group. “We have 75% (compliance), so clearly there is a great effort in hospital leadership, but at the same time it’s not enough. We need 100%. That is the goal.”