Monthly Newsletter
February 2016
SurveyBreakthrough Business Alliance To Cut Health Costs
President and CEO Leah Binder's latest on

Earlier this month, 20 large U.S. companies (including power players Coca-Cola, Verizon, and American Express) announced plans to band together to accelerate the transformation of the U.S. health care system. With value-based care as the goal, this group endeavors to slash health care costs and improve quality. 

In her latest piece, President and CEO Leah Binder builds a compelling link between this positive momentum and the subprime mortgage debacle of the late 2000's, as brought to life by the recent film The Big Short.

"These bold 20 transformational business leaders are wise to research for themselves what they get from providers when they bypass their health plan bundlers. Certainly they will consider price, but like subprime mortgages, dollars don't tell the story the way quality does... Employers can and should short the market when the risks are too high. Subprime health services are no bargain."

Hospitals can order competitive benchmarking reports now

It's time to order your 2015 benchmarking report! Don't miss out on the opportunity to see how your hospital compares nationally and regionally. 

 1,750 hospitals completed the 2015 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Make sure you're ahead of the pack - or use the reports to jump-start 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! 
SurveyHealth Purchaser Forum
The Economic Alliance For Michigan hosts a solutions-driven forum March 8

Join health care purchasers, executives, professionals and experts from around the country on March 8, 2016 in Detroit, MI to discuss the critical issues pertaining to the rising costs of health care and health care benefits. The Health Purchaser Forum offers strategies and tools to help purchasers better serve their companies and empower their employees to be educated patients.

The Health Purchaser Forum is hosted by the Economic Alliance For Michigan, and will include discussions of waste in the system, patient safety issues, driving transparency in the marketplace and more. Registration closes March 1. 

SurveyGet a Headstart on the 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Survey
Register for our Annual Users Group today

We invite all hospitals to join our interactive Users Group community to learn more about the Survey, receive technical assistance, and understand how to make the Survey work for them. 

Hospitals that join the Users Group will have access to:
  • Topical monthly technical assistance calls
    • Topics will include changes to Leapfrog's online survey platform, changes to scoring algorithms, overview of new measures, utilizing Leapfrog results in your market, etc.
    • Every call will allot 20 minutes for Q&A
  • Special webinars and presentations regarding Leapfrog standards
  • Presentations by Leapfrog's Expert Panel members
SurveySpotlight on Safety
Latest LeanBlog podcast features President and CEO Leah Binder

President and CEO Leah Binder was a featured guest on Mark Graban's LeanBlog podcast last month. (You may recognize Mark from Leapfrog's recent Annual Meeting!) The two talked patient safety, the Lean philosophy, and what hospitals are doing right now to improve on quality and safety. Here's a sneak peek: 

"The variation in quality, outcomes and safety in hospitals is extraordinarily persistent and problematic. There is no family in this country that shouldn't be absolutely focused on making sure they're going to the best places."

SurveySpring 2016 Hospital Safety Score Town Hall
Free March 7 Town Hall Call now open for registration

Leapfrog members and partners, hospitals, and other stakeholders are invited to the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score Town Hall Call. Leapfrog staff will review changes to the Hospital Safety Score methodology and provide an overview of the Courtesy Data Review Period. For those not able to join us, a copy of the slides and a recording will be available online following the webinar.

The Hospital Safety Score Town Hall Call will be held on March 7, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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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