Health insurer Aetna beginning in August will offer hospital patient safety information to consumers via its DocFind online directory that aids in searching for physicians and hospitals in a geographic region.

The safety information comes from the Leapfrog Group, an organization of large employers using their collective purchasing power to push for improved safety, quality and affordability. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score program regularly grades hospitals for their efforts to protect patients from infection, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

In the Spring 2013 update of the safety score, 780 out of 2,514 analyzed hospitals received an “A” grade. The type of hospitals getting the top score varied with no class (academic, public, community, rural, etc.) dominating. Another 638 hospitals received a B, 932 got a C, 148 warranted a D and 16 flunked.

DocFind visitors, which include nonmembers of Aetna, can check safety scores starting August by clicking a link on a hospital’s page on the site. Aetna is the first insurer to make the scores available in their directory, according to the Leapfrog Group.

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