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Leapfrog Group finds room for patient safety improvement at surgery centers

by Joanne Finnegan | Oct 22, 2019

In its first-ever report on patient safety in ambulatory surgical centers and hospital outpatient departments, the Leapfrog Group found there’s room for improvement.

Most outpatient surgery facilities still have a long way to go with improvements needed in patient safety practices such as ensuring hand hygiene and board certification of clinical staff, according to the report released today.

While the nonprofit safety group has graded the country’s hospitals based on patient safety and quality for almost two decades, given that the vast majority of surgeries in the U.S. are now performed in ambulatory and outpatient settings, it has turned its focus there.

“Today, more than 60% of surgical procedures take place in an outpatient environment,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said in an announcement. “Despite this increasing shift towards same-day procedures, surprisingly little information about the safety and quality of these settings is available to the public. That’s why Leapfrog made the commitment this past year to expand our ratings to include same-day surgery.”   

The report was based on surveys completed by 321 ambulatory surgery centers and 1,141 hospital outpatient departments who voluntarily responded to The Leapfrog Group’s request for data.

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Chris currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Surgio Health as well as COO at Ortho Spine Partners. Chris has close to 20 years of healthcare management experience with an infinity to improve healthcare delivery through the development and implementation of innovative solutions that solve real problems that result in improved efficiencies, reduction of unnecessary financial & clinical variation, and help drive better patient outcomes. Previously, Chris was assistant vice president and business unit leader for HPG/HCA. He has presented at numerous healthcare forums on topics that include disruptive innovation, physician engagement, shifting reimbursement models, cost per clinical episode and the future of supply chain delivery.

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