Massachusetts hospitals receive top marks

Chelsea Conaboy, Boston Globe, June 6, 2012 Using the model of letter grades posted in New York to steer ­diners away from the dirtiest restaurants, a prominent health quality group is grading US hospitals on safety, giving ­Massachusetts medical centers the highest overall scores in the nation. The Leapfrog Group planned to post the assessments online Wednesday morning, at hospitalsafetyscore.org. The grades are meant to measure how well hospitals prevent errors that kill tens of thousands of patients each year and are designed as a deliberately simple tool for patients choosing where to get care, said Leah Binder ... Massachusetts