Monthly Newsletter
April 2016
SurveyLives Lost, Lives Saved
A new analysis sheds light on the dangers of unsafe hospitals

Despite considerable improvement in the safety of hospital care since the Hospital Safety Score's launch in 2012, the number of avoidable deaths remains too high. 

An analysis led by Matt Austin, Ph.D., of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at John Hopkins University, found that an estimated 206,021 avoidable deaths occur in U.S. hospitals each year. Choosing a higher-graded hospital could reduce your risk of avoidable death by 50%. 

The analysis concluded an estimated 33,439 lives could be saved each year if all hospitals had the same performance as those receiving an A. 

President and CEO Leah Binder honored for achievements

Becker's Hospital Review just named President and CEO Leah Binder to their 2016 list of 50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety. 

The list features "clinicians, advocates and legislators who have contributed to improving patient safety in different ways."

Leah is joined in this distinction by other patient safety leaders, including Don Berwick, Mark Chassin, Tom Frieden, Atul Gawande, Peter Pronovost, Bob Wachter, and more.

Please join us in congratulating Leah on this important honor!

Learn more >
SurveyComputerized prescribing systems leave too many patients at risk
Our second report in partnership with Castlight Health highlights troubling gaps

Earlier this month, Leapfrog released its second report of 2015 Leapfrog Hospital Survey data analyzed by Castlight Health. The "Preventing Medication Errors in Hospitals" report investigates how well hospital technology and protocols protect patients from medication errors.

The report shows that even when hospitals have computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems in place, 39% of potentially harmful drug orders aren't flagged by the system to alert staff of potential errors. 

Even more shocking, our analysis found that 13% of potentially fatal orders fail to trigger an alert. 

New features and the latest technology complete the look

In tandem with the release of the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Scores, Leapfrog overhauled its free Hospital Safety Score app to better serve users when they're on the go. 

The enhanced design features the same great information and easy-to-use displays you've seen on our website. Searching for a hospital near you has never been easier.

Download the app on iTunes or Google Play.
SurveyThe 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Survey: What hospitals need to know
The online survey is live, and we're here to help

The online Leapfrog Hospital Survey platform has been updated and re-designed to improve functionality and overall user experience. Ready to dive in? Sign up for one of our free demos on using the new platform. Register here

Town Hall Call
We are hosting one more Town Hall call for hospitals interested in completing the 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Registration for the May 19 call is filling up fast; be sure to register soon.

First Reporting Deadline:
Hospitals that submit a survey by June 30th will have their results publicly reported starting July 25thHospitals that do not submit a survey by June 30th will be publicly reported as 'Declined to Respond' until a survey has been submitted. 

Hospitals that would like to receive a free Competitive Benchmarking Summary Report must submit a survey by June 30th. The free Summary Report will be emailed to each hospital's CEO in early September. 

Questions? Contact the Help Desk
President and CEO Leah Binder shares her perspectives on the latest health care news

Do you need complex surgery? Some doctors may not have much practice. 
"We don't have enough transparency in health care. It's the first thing everyone wants to know: Who's the best surgeon? And anyone in health care picks up the phone and asks their friends."
Read the Washington Post article >

When A Patient Dies Accidentally, Silence Hurts Everyone
"When errors inevitably occur, a hospital culture of cover-up makes it difficult for caregivers themselves to recover with dignity and strength."
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Earlier this month, Leah Binder was honored with Yale University's John D. Thompson Distinguished Visiting Fellow Award at their "Creating and Sustaining Gains: The Next Decade in Healthcare" event. Please join us in congratulating her on this tremendous honor!
SurveyIHC Forum & Expo
Access your free registration to the May 24-26 Event

Change is the new constant in health care and employee benefits. The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism constantly tracks the transformation and translates the chaos into clarity and into strategies and tactics that work. IHC FORUM & Expo is the main event where you can access the most current insights, innovations and industry leaders in one place. If your job depends on keeping pace with continuous health, wellness and benefits change, you must join us. 

Click here for a special offer provided by The Leapfrog Group to attend IHC FORUM & Expo May 24-26 in Atlanta, GA. 

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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