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New hospital rankings mixed news for Texas

New hospital rankings mixed news for Texas

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on November 29, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 29 at 11:34 PM

New rankings for hospitals show mixed results for hospitals across Texas.

For the last 12 years Leapfrog has ranked hospitals across the country for their care. The independent, national not-for-profit organization was founded more than a decade ago by the nation’s leading employers and private healthcare experts. This year the rankings included more pediatric information.

There were no real surprises for Austin area hospitals. All of them scored a C or better. But some North Texas hospitals didn't score very well.

The scores are based on surveys of more than 1,000 hospitals with the goal of promoting transparency of hospital care.

Federal safety reports filed by all hospitals were the main criteria for determining scores. Half of the hospitals scoring A’s did not participate in the Leapfrog questionnaire, which included topics such as hand washing and nurses on duty.

You can take a look at the rankings here.

One of the more helpful sections of these rankings lets you compare hospitals based on patient safety ratings and overall safety of selected procedures.

I’ve done stories on hospital transparency before, so be sure to take a look at TX Price Point.org as well. This site provides basic demographic, quality and charge information about hospitals across Texas.

Both of these sites are also a good place to look before undergoing any procedure.