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November 2014
Easy-to-use Toolkit helps employers protect their employees and save on the bottom line


Employers and other purchasers pay an average of $8,000 per hospital admission for errors, injuries, accidents and infections. But that number can be significantly reduced - and purchasers can save lives in the process. 


Our new Hospital Safety Score Purchaser Toolkit features our Hidden Surcharge Calculatorrecently awarded a Certificate of Validation from The Care Innovations™ Validation Institute, an initiative of GE and Intel. Other resources include "plug-and-play" template letters, newsletter articles, our new patient safety whiteboard videos, and even sample tweets. 


The Toolkit also features a section on how to apply leverage in your community to increase accountability and transparency in your local hospitals.

President and CEO Leah Binder writes for Harvard Business Review


Leah Binder's piece "Don't Bother Complaining About High-Deductible Health Plans" was just published in Harvard Business Review. Included in her article:


"High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) have unleashed forces that will compel stakeholders to adjust to new realities...Hospitals will need to incorporate pricing into conversations with patients about treatment options. And price-conscious patients, questioning the expensive inefficiencies that are rampant in health care, will not tolerate absurdly opaque and confusing hospitals bills for much longer."

Read the entire piece here.

AnnualMeeting2Join Industry Leaders and Patient Safety Advocates at the 2014 Annual Meeting
Time is running out - get your registration in today!

Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY
On December 2, we will host the 2014 Leapfrog Annual Meeting & Top Hospital Awards--the premier event for purchasers and industry partners working to drive change in healthcare. Our topic this year is Beyond Partisanship: Strategies for Fast Improvement in American Healthcare
Following the meeting, representatives from Leapfrog's 2014 Top Hospitals will be honored for their achievements at the evening's Top Hospital Reception. 

Tuesday December 2, 2014 
1:30 to 9:00 PM EST
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
2800 South Potomac Ave
Arlington, VA 22202
See how your hospital scores on safety


The Fall 2014 update to the Hospital Safety Score has been released at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org

The Hospital Safety Score assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 general hospitals nationwide based entirely on their ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. 

The Hospital Safety Score can tell you more about things like:

  • How well does my hospital prevent infections and encourage handwashing?
  • Does my hospital value patient safety by supporting strong healthcare teams?
  • Are there protocols and standards in place for preventing errors?
December 31st last date to submit 2014 Survey


December 31, 2014 is the deadline for the 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Survey and CPOE Evaluation Tool. Hospitals that would like Leapfrog Hospital Survey Results used in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score must submit a 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Survey and CPOE Evaluation Tool by December 31, 2014. 


Leapfrog's competitive benchmarking reports are still available for purchase for hospitals that completed a Leapfrog Hospital Survey before August 31, 2014. These reports utilize data submitted through the 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Survey to offer hospitals insights on how they compare nationally and regionally. Choose a report  that lets you compare critical aspects of your care to that at other hospitals in Leapfrog's database of over 1,400 hospitals. 
Recent events, articles, and publications from and about The Leapfrog Group


Leah Binder's latest Forbes.com blogs are about truly getting things done in healthcare.  

Three Ways To Avoid Paying For Safety Problems At Hospitals 

How To Get Doctors To Email Their Patients 


Writing for Insurance ThoughtLeadership, Leah reveals that an employer pays an average of $8,000 for every error by a hospital -- but it doesn't have to be that way.


On September 17, Leah spoke at The Economist's Health Care Forum. Watch the panel's discussion on the critical issue of price transparency.





SurveyUpcoming Events


Leapfrog's Annual Meeting
December 2: Arlington, VA

Register now for Leapfrog's Annual Meeting - Beyond Partisanship: Strategies for Fast Improvement in American Healthcare. Leapfrog Top Hospital Awards will be given to the highest performing hospitals on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health benefits founded a decade ago to work for improvements in healthcare safety, quality, and affordability. Leapfrog purchaser members use hospital survey results in contracting, open enrollment with their employees and other public reporting, benefits design, and value-based purchasing programs.  The Leapfrog Hospital Survey focuses on three critical areas of patient safety and quality: how patients fare, which includes issues like mortality for common high-risk surgeries and procedures; resources used to care for patients measured by length of stay and readmission rates; and management practices that promote safety and quality, such as adopting computerized physician order entry to reduce medication errors.



View the 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Ratings and  Hospital Safety Scores now.


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In This Issue
Purchaser Toolkit
Harvard Business Review
Annual Meeting
2014 Fall Hospital Safety Scores
Hospital Deadlines
Leapfrog Commentary


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