Not Clear on the Concept

You may have seen the LA Times article today which reports that UCLA’s Reagan hospital received a D grade for patient safety, albeit up from F in the prior survey of the Leapfrog Group.  We reported on the F last November: http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2012/11/whatever-happened-to-grade-inflation.html

The new report says UCLA’s Santa Monica Hospital, in contrast, received a top grade.  I get nervous about composite rating systems so I went on the Leapfrog website [http://www.leapfroggroup.org/cp] which allows comparisons of hospitals and compared Reagan with Santa Monica.  The two look pretty much the same as the image above shows. [Click on the image to enlarge.]  Indeed, Reagan shows a somewhat better rating in one category than Santa Monica. 

The LA Times article is at: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-hospital-ratings-20130509,0,7228604.story

Maybe you can figure it out.  It’s true that Reagan himself didn’t always promote healthy habits.

But on the other hand:

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