But apparently, some in the hospital industry won't let the issue drop. Discussions are continuing this week at the American Hospital Association and affiliated state associations, about how to strategically discredit the Leapfrog score.
According to one internal hospital group memo distributed in California, the AHA's executive team held a staff meeting Monday to discuss the concern "that data used by Leapfrog is indeed skewed in favor of hospitals that participate in Leapfrog's survey.
"AHA believes this is true – but they are currently engaged in a data analysis to be sure that they are on solid ground in making this claim," the memo says.
"Right now, we are in the process of evaluating the methodology," AHA spokeswoman Jennifer Schleman said Wednesday. She repeated last week's statement from Nancy Foster, AHA vice president, that the AHA "has supported several good quality measures, but many of the measures Leapfrog uses to grade hospitals are flawed and they do not accurately portray a picture of the safety efforts made by hospitals."
The Greater New York Hospital Association also doesn't think Leapfrog's methodology is a good way to compare hospital safety because hospitals that participate in Leapfrog are scored differently than hospitals that don't. "It's not comparing apples to apples," Ryan says.