Monthly Newsletter
November 2015
SurveyLiving the Vision: 15 Year Celebration
15th Anniversary Gala and Annual Meeting Dec 1-2, 2015 

Leapfrog's 15th Anniversary Celebration is just two weeks away! At the December 1 Gala, keynoted by Paul O'Neill, Leapfrog will inaugurate our Living the Vision Awards, and announce the 2016 recipients of the inaugural Bruce Bradley Fellowship.

The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held the following day and will feature keynotes by Mark Graban and David Goldhill. Numerous panels and speakers will explore current trends in patient-centered health care, value-based purchasing, and quality improvement. During the meeting, we will honor the 2015 Top Hospitals and announce the winner of the Patient Voice Impact Award. 

Registration closes in a few short hours so be sure to guarantee your spot today! 
SurveyFall 2015 Hospital Safety Scores
Updated Scores were released October 29

Last month, Leapfrog released updated data for the Hospital Safety Score, which assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals based on their ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 

Despite overall sluggish improvement, there are more encouraging signs within the data: hospitals taking steps to make safety a priority, and showing some encouraging results-either by consistently maintaining an "A" score, or by raising a lower score to an "A" over time.

SurveyWho pays the bill for medical mistakes?
A burden for patients and purchasers, not providers

At Leapfrog, we know the terrifying scope of our national patient safety problem. As many as 440,000 people die each year because of preventable medical errors. But it's not just lives lost. Medical errors account for a major part of rising health care costs, and providers don't always pay for their mistakes. 

"You would expect if [health-care providers] make the mistake, they would make you whole. But that is not what happens. In health care, you pay and you pay and you pay."  - Leah Binder, Leapfrog President and CEO.

Want to know more about Leapfrog's purchaser-driven model to increase safety and quality in U.S. hospitals? Read David Nash's "A 'Leap' in the Right Direction" in MedPageToday.
60% of reporting hospitals don't meet Leapfrog's standard

For the first time, purchasers and patients can use a single, standardized cesarean section (C-section) rate to compare by hospital at the national level. 

Thanks to a partnership with Childbirth Connection, we have built a special website dedicated to helping women and families understand our C-section results, learn about the risks and benefits of C-sections, and ultimately make more informed choices about their birth hospital. 

Order your competitive benchmarking report now

LHRP Have you been waiting to order your 2015 benchmarking report? If you have, you've been missing out on the opportunity to see how your hospital compares nationally and regionally. 

Over 1,600 hospitals have already completed the 2015 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Make sure you're ahead of the pack - or use the reports to jumpstart your quality improvement efforts. Premium reports even include a PowerPoint presentation for your Board of Directors meetings. 

Find out which report is right for you, and order today! 
SurveyFixing Health Care: What Donald Trump Can Learn From Joan Rivers
One-year anniversary of Joan Rivers' death has much to teach

It's been one year since Joan Rivers died from a series of preventable medical errors in a New York ambulatory surgical center. President and CEO Leah Binder writes in Forbes: 

"The fact that a smart, accomplished celebrity received such sloppy care is shocking and frightening for all of us. If it can happen to Rivers, it can happen to anyone. Rivers' very high-profile suffering and death could have jolted the nation into action on the problem of patient safety. Unfortunately, it didn't."

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 


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