The Leapfrog grades of hospitals hit with immediate jeopardy warnings

Fifteen hospitals in the U.S. have faced a possible loss of Medicare or Medicaid funding from CMS in the last year as a result of an immediate jeopardy citation. However, the hospitals facing these situations are not always graded poorly in other methodologies. 

Despite the cases of immediate jeopardy and risk of federal funding loss, not one hospital hit with these citations were given F's from The Leapfrog Group's 2023 fall hospital rankings released Nov. 6.  

In fact, 9 of the 15 hospitals at risk for losing funding in the last year received grades ranging from A to C including:

  • Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, Calif., received an A.
  • St. Michael Medical Center in Silverdale, Wash., received an A.
  • John Muir Health's Walnut Creek (Calif.) Medical Center received a B. 
  • Loretto Hospital in Chicago, received a B.
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C., received a B.
  • University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill received a B.
  • Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland, Ore., received a B.
  • Wilson (N.C.) Medical Center received a C.
  • California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, received a C. 
  • The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City received a C.

Some hospitals declined to respond to the Leapfrog Group's request for patient safety and quality data. Leapfrog issues grades only for general acute care hospitals. Short term acute care hospitals can still receive grades even if they do not take Leapfrog's survey or decline to provide data. Specialty hospitals, children's hospitals, behavioral health facilities and other healthcare institutions do not receive safety grades, including:

  • Brynn Marr Hospital in Jacksonville, N.C.
  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia
  • Johnstown (Colo.) Heights Behavioral Health 
  • Saint Francis Health System in Tulsa, Okla.
  • Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston, R.I.,

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