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UMC disputes failing grade for hospital safety

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LAS VEGAS -- Two area hospitals received top scores for safety Tuesday from an organization that advocates greater transparency among health care facilities, but University Medical Center got a failing grade.

The F grade came from the Leapfrog Group for its safety scoring of hospitals nationwide based on its own survey along with data from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

UMC, the only taxpayer-supported hospital in the Las Vegas Valley, disputed its score partly because it didn’t participate in Leapfrog’s survey.

Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas and St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s Rose de Lima campus in Henderson earned A grades from Leapfrog.

But UMC found itself on the opposite end by scoring worse than the national average in 11 categories based on data from 2010 through 2013. Leapfrog determined that UMC had 136.57 deaths per 1,000 adult patient discharges among surgical inpatients with serious treatable complications versus an average 110.37 deaths per hospital nationally.

Among other scores:

* UMC had 16.11 patients per 1,000 adult elective surgical patient discharges who experienced breathing failure after surgery, compared to an average 11.66 nationwide.

* There were 3.83 UMC patients per 1,000 adult patient discharges who experienced accidental cuts or tears from medical treatment compared to an average 1.82 nationally.

* For every 1,000 patient discharges at UMC, 1.23 had wounds split open after surgery, compared to an 0.93 nationwide.

* There were 0.66 individuals per 1,000 adult patient discharges at UMC who suffered a collapsed lung due to medical treatment compared to an average 0.32 nationwide.

UMC CEO Lawrence Barnard said in response: “While there is always room to improve patient care, the Leapfrog results are not an accurate reflection of UMC’s overall patient care. UMC does not participate at all in the Leapfrog survey because we do not ‘pay to play.’ Therefore Leapfrog has no clinical basis for UMC’s results.

“UMC will continue to put quality patient care above all other priorities and we encourage our patients to look at more reliable registries such as the American Heart Association for a true measure of UMC’s outcomes.”

Barnard also said that UMC’s electronic medical record system is in the process of being implemented. It is generally accepted among healthcare professionals that electronic records provide more accurate information about patient care.

The Leapfrog Group President and CEO Leah Binder responded, “There is absolutely no pay to play element in the Hospital Safety Score – Leapfrog is a nonprofit organization and under no circumstances does a hospital pay anything to participate with us. Additionally, whether UMC chooses to answer our survey is irrelevant, as the clinical basis for their 'F' comes from data pulled from reliable sources such as CMS Hospital Compare and AHAs Annual Survey. Hundreds of hospitals nationwide that don’t participate with Leapfrog received an A from us.”

Leapfrog assigned B grades to Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center and St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s San Martin campus.

C grades went to North Vista Hospital, Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s Siena campus, Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Valley Hospital Medical Center.
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