August 14, 2020By Lance Baily

The LeapFrog Group Celebrates 20 Years of Powerful Patient Safety Initiatives

The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit organization which focuses on patient safety through Hospital Safety Grades and a plethora of online resources and annual events, is celebrating its 20 year anniversary. As strong believers of the direct connection between healthcare simulation activities and patient safety outcomes, and as media partners with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), we at whole heartedly celebrate the organization and its important work. It is’s highest recommendation that every clinical simulation champion learn and share more about this critically important global resource!

The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care consumers and purchasers, using their collective influence to foster positive change in U.S. health care. Leapfrog is the nation’s premier advocate of transparency in health care—collecting, analyzing and disseminating data to inform value-based purchasing and improved decision-making.

Throughout the last two decades, The Leapfrog Group has contributed to making the health care system better, improving the choices patients can make, and preventing needless deaths. But our work is far from complete. As we leap into the next twenty years, we are calling on friends like you to help us drive better choices, better care and ultimately save lives. This 20th anniversary celebration is about patients and providers – their safety, their health, and their impact.

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The LeapFrog’s mission is to trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality and affordability of U.S. health care by using transparency to support informed health care decisions and promote high-value care. They envision a future where purchasers will tie health care investment to excellence and educate their employees on choosing the best care, where providers will be courageous in championing transparency and leading groundbreaking improvements.

In a country where as many as 400,000 lives are lost every year because of preventable medical errors, Leapfrog is fighting to build a movement for transparency. They serve as a voice for health care purchasers, using their collective influence to foster radical, positive change in U.S. health care. For 20 years they have collected, analyzed, and published health care data on safety, quality, and resource use. That means purchasers can find high-value care. And it means that real people are empowered with the information they need to make better decisions.

Throughout their 20th anniversary year, you will have opportunities to celebrate with them by:

  • Using your social media networks to raise awareness and consciousness of patient safety issues that directly impact the lives of patients and learners.
  • Join their online scavenger hunt and contests to show how much you know about patient safety.
  • Bring friends, family and colleagues to their movement, sign their patient safety pledge and help make patient safety a household term.
  • Invest in Leapfrog’s future impact with your personal donation or host an online patient safety fundraiser.

Leapfrog Joins The Patient Safety Movement Foundation and Others for #UniteForSafeCare World Patient Safety Day Event

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Leapfrog is pleased to be a co-convener of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s Virtual Event, #uniteforsafecare. The event is free to the public and will take place on September 17th, World Patient Safety Day, from 5-8pm ET on YouTube Live. “The Leapfrog Group’s focus on giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care requires bold action,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “As our society battles the coronavirus pandemic, the safety of both health care workers and patients has never been more important. We’re pleased to join the Patient Safety Movement Foundation in striving for better, safer health care for all.” The virtual program will educate, entertain, and inspire. The event is geared towards bringing public awareness to patient and health worker safety and is specifically designed for a public audience.

About the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades (formerly known as Hospital Safety Scores) are assigned to over 2,600 general acute-care hospitals across the nation twice annually. The Safety Grade is becoming the gold standard measure of patient safety, cited in MSNBC, The New York Times, and AARP The Magazine.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 28 national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and information from other supplemental data sources. Taken together, those performance measures produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade methodology has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety. Leapfrog works under the guidance of an Expert Panel to select appropriate measures and develop a scoring methodology.

The Expert Panel selected 28 measures of patient safety, analyzed the data and determined the weight of each measure based on evidence, opportunity for improvement and impact. In some cases where a hospital’s information is not available for a certain measure, Leapfrog uses a supplemental data source. In cases where a hospital’s information is not available from any data source, Leapfrog has outlined a methodology for dealing with the missing data. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade places each measure into one of two domains: (1) Process/Structural Measures or (2) Outcome Measures, each accounting for 50 percent of the overall score.

A hospital must have enough safety data available for our experts to issue them a letter grade. Hospitals missing more than seven process measures or more than five outcome measures are not graded. All hospitals are Sign up to stay up-to-date on more opportunities to get involved as Leapfrog celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Learn more about The Leapfrog Group and its 20th anniversary here!

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