The Leapfrog Group added
a new measure to assign hospitals patientsafety grades that assesses how well they prevent and identify medication errors. The bar code medication administration measure was added to the fall 2018 edition of the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Grade report, which was released late last week. The measure evaluates how well a hospital performs on a system in which medications are given specific bar codes. Before patients are administered drugs, nurses are expected to ensure the bar code on the medication matches the bar code on the patient’s wristband. Leapfrog added the measure because medication errors are frequent and the CMS doesn’t now monitor it, according to Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder.