Monthly Newsletter
January 2015
Participation in the 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Survey largest to date


We are thrilled to report that 1501 hospitals participated in the 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Survey--making it another record-breaking year! We salute these 1501 hospitals for their commitment to transparency, and we especially thank the hospitals completing the Survey for the very first time. 

We consider this an astounding accomplishment for our Regional Roll-Outs, our Board, our consultants, and all our supporters in the Leapfrog movement for change. It is a sign of real progress, and we can't wait to break another record in 2015!
New research shows consumers value safety over cost in their healthcare


According to a new study from the Altarum Institute's Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care, when patients are shown Hospital Safety Score grades and cost information together, consumers will choose safer hospitals 97% of the time, regardless of cost.

Director Wendy Lynch notes:

"This study tells us that with the right information, consumers make rational choices. Measures like Hospital Safety Scores need to be readily available to all consumers before inpatient care is needed so consumers can take all factors into account."

Explore their findings here.


Peter Pronovost, Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine, also had something to say about these staggering findings. Read his blog reacting to the study, and his views on how patient safety should get the attention it deserves. 

AnnualMeeting2It Was a Hit!
The 2014 Annual Meeting brought together healthcare visionaries working to drive change

The 2014 Annual Meeting was held right on the heels of the midterm election, and focused on moving beyond gridlock to pursue innovative strategies for improvement in healthcare. If you couldn't make it, check out our Highlights video below! 

AnnualMeeting22014 Top Hospitals
Leapfrog Top Hospitals honored for their achievements

On December 2, we released the list of 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospitals, an elite distinction widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards a U.S. hospital can receive. The award recognized 94 hospitals that exhibited excellence on our annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey in a combination of safety, quality and resource use standards. 

We were lucky enough to talk to a few award recipients at our Awards Ceremony, and captured their reactions in this short video! 

For a full list of 2014 Top Hospitals, visit our website
Recent events, articles, and publications from and about The Leapfrog Group


President and CEO Leah Binder's voracious reading habit served her well this year. For her last Forbes post of 2014, she rounds up the best healthcare books of the year.  

Part One |  Part Two  |  The Most Memborable Healthcare Book of 2014


Chronicled by Noam Levey of the LA Times, Boeing and other major employers are aggressively pushing local hospitals and doctors to meet rigorous standards of safety, quality, and resource use. 

Unequal Treatment: Where Employers Use Quality Control To Shape Healthcare


"Welcome to a new era of consumer demand for hospital quality data dealing with childbirth." Cheryl Clark reports on the shocking lack of data on maternity care in this country. 

Leah Binder talked patient safety and the steep costs of medical errors in this Engaging Leader podcast.

HealthcareIT News highlights our ongoing partnership with CastlightHealth to communicate the findings of 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.



In This Issue
2014 Hospital Survey Record
Altarum Institute Research
Annual Meeting
2014 Top Hospitals
Leapfrog Commentary


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