AHA voices concerns with Leapfrog Group hospital safety scorecard

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In a letter Friday to The Leapfrog Group, the AHA expressed concerns with the survey methodology and measures used by the organization's new hospital safety scorecard. "We point these out so that you and your colleagues might understand why we are critical of the scorecard, and why we believe no one should use it to guide their choice of hospitals, unless and until a more accurate assessment method is used," the letter states. The survey's stated purpose is to provide a single letter grade for safety that patients could use to guide their decisions regarding where to receive hospital care. AHA said the survey's shortcomings include "an unfair bias toward responding to the survey, the use of unreliable measures, significant variation in the weights applied to measures for different groups of hospitals, and significant errors in the data."

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