Leapfrog Group Getting More Hospitals to Sign On to “Never Events” Policy
“Leapfrog’s policy is more than just withholding payment for a ‘never event’,” said Leah Binder, CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The policy also requires an apology to the patient, a root cause analysis, and public reporting. We want hospitals to take every step humanly possible to show compassion and prevent these events from ever happening again.” A copy of the Leapfrog Guidelines on Never Events can be found at the Leapfrog Group website (www.leapfroggroup.org) in the “for hospitals” section.
The “no payment” policy for these Never Events will certainly pressure Hospital Administrators to do better root cause analysis to prevent repeat sentinel events (Never Events).
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