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Leapfrog Releases List of Top US Hospitals

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(WASHINGTON) – The Leapfrog Group on Wednesday released their annual list of the nation’s top hospitals.

Of the nation’s estimated 5,000 hospitals, 1,200 reported performance to Leapfrog. Among the best performing hospitals were 16 that belong to Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plans.

A surprise is the exclusion of New York City’s Columbia Presbyterian, which routinely makes the U.S. News list of the nation's top 10 hospitals.

The survey focused on “four critical areas of patient safety,” including the use of computer physician order entry to prevent medication errors, standards for high-risk procedures, protocols and policies to reduce medical errors and adequate staffing.
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