Leapfrog Group updates its controversial safety scores

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Earlier this year, the nonprofit Leapfrog Group, run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, caused a stir when it released its Hospital Safety Score, which gives hospitals a letter grade based on their performance on 26 hospital safety measures. Of the 2,652 hospitals to receive a score, 729 received an “A,” 679 […] [Read More]

Button batteries an underrated hazard this holiday season

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When I covered the unveiling of the Public Interest Research Group’s annual “Trouble in Toyland” report last week, the panel of doctors and experts assembled for the program detailed a variety of hazards to kids, including toys with high lead content, toys that make ear-piercing noises and toys that can be choking hazards for tots. […] [Read More]