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The 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Survey and Spring Hospital Safety Grades…

For 20 years, The Leapfrog Group, www.leapfroggroup.org has been collecting data on the safety and quality of inpatient hospital care through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey. In 2019, we expanded into outpatient care with the launch of the Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey. Last year, over 2,100 hospitals and nearly 400 ASCs voluntarily demonstrated their commitment to transparency by reporting the data that purchasers and consumers need to choose the best facility for their care.

With your help, we know we can build upon this in 2020 and in the years to come. With the launch of a new website, www.ratings.leapfroggroup.org, Leapfrog’s publicly reported results will offer the opportunity to compare procedures across settings. We know that ASCs and hospitals operate differently and treat different types of patients, but low-risk patients in particular often have a choice of where to have a procedure performed. We believe this new information will be useful in their health care decision-making. This growth represents an exciting opportunity for patients, purchasers and payors to access critical insights on the safety and quality of care in these facilities—information largely unavailable until now. As always, the data will be free for consumers to access and review.

Leapfrog’s other main initiative, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, www.hospitalsafetygrade, assigns a letter grade of A, B, C, D or F to hospitals based on how well they protect patients from harm and error in the hospital. Since its launch in 2012, the Safety Grade has been transformational in driving a movement for patient safety in the U.S., including helping patients identify the safest hospital for their care and driving hospitals to compete on safety and use it as a differentiating factor against their competitors. Several measures from the inpatient sections of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey are included in the Safety Grade, including medication safety, health care-associated infections, and safe practices. At this time, there are no plans to incorporate data from the outpatient section of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey into the Safety Grade; Leapfrog also does not intend to assign a Safety Grade to ASCs.

The Spring 2020 Hospital Safety Grades will be released to the public on April 30, 2020. Please contact Lisa Slavinski, CBGH Programs Manager at lisa.slavinski@cbghealth.org if you have any questions on the 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Survey or Spring Hospital Safety Grades.