This month, we celebrated Leapfrog's 15th Anniversary with some of the most passionate, savvy, hardworking people fighting to improve health care in this country. As part of the Leapfrog movement, you help make this all possible.

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President and CEO Leah Binder presented the year in review at our Annual Meeting. In 2015, we:
Download Leah's presentation slides here
Good News on Two Policy Issues

Saving AHRQ
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead federal agency for research on patient safety and best practices for improving patient care. As Leah Binder's Forbes blog described, there was a serious threat from Congress to eliminate this agency altogether or severely reduce its funding. But thanks to leadership of a coalition called Friends of AHRQ, of which Leapfrog is a part, funding was restored in the budget deal just approved by Congress. This is critical to our progress in patient safety, so thanks to all of you who helped with this effort.  

Saving PSI 90
The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the National Quality Forum voted to ratify PSI-90, a somewhat amended but still powerful composite safety measure that all of us worked together to support. It was very important to achieve endorsement because CMS reports this measure and uses it for value-based purchasing, and Leapfrog uses the measures in our Hospital Safety Score. Without PSI-90, we would have had a very significant setback in public transparency of patient safety data. Thanks to all of you for fighting for this endorsement.

Important End-of-Year Announcements for Hospitals
2015 is quickly coming to a close. Make sure you're prepared!

1. The deadline for all newly submitted surveys is December 31, 2015
2. The Help Desk will be closed December 24-25, 2015 and January 1, 2016
3. 2016 dates have now been posted for the Hospital Safety Score

Happy Holidays!

Thank you for all you did to make Leapfrog's 15th year a memorable one. Your bold and courageous support inspires us to think big for 2016. We look forward to leaping into the new year with you. 

- The Leapfrog Group

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