Published on July 26, 2013 at 8:25 AM
Using the Hospital Safety Scores, Leapfrog estimates that on average, for a patient admitted to a hospital with a grade of "C" or lower, purchasers pay $7,780 in hidden surcharges due to medical errors. The Hidden Surcharge Calculator offers an example of an employer with 1,000 hospital admissions per year that pays a hidden surcharge of more than $7.7 million. Employers can use the calculator to enter their own claims data and local hospital safety ratings from The Hospital Safety Score website to learn the estimated hidden surcharge they pay annually for hospital errors. By shifting employees to "A" hospitals, employers can decrease these hidden surcharges and protect their employees and dependents from harm, as well. It is worth noting that even "A" hospitals have patient safety challenges and are not exempt from this hidden surcharge.
"Purchasers can encourage their employees to choose safer, quality care by sharing the Hospital Safety Score, being transparent about hazards at certain area hospitals and considering changes in benefits design," says Ms. Binder. "Purchasers should also use the Hidden Surcharge Calculator in contract negotiations with their health plan provider, as well as in conversations with their benefits consultant and local business coalition on health."
SOURCE The Leapfrog Group