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The Hidden Surcharge Americans Pay for Hospital Errors

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Using Leapfrog’s new calculator, employers and purchasers can calculate the surcharge they pay as a result of hospital errors.  This estimate can be derived using an employer's claims data as well as the Hospital Safety Scores of utilized hospitals.  The calculator enables purchasers to discover their annual hidden hospital error surcharge and average surcharge per admission.  By shifting employees to “A” hospitals through improved benefits plan design, employers can decrease these hidden surcharges and protect their employees and dependents from harm.

Accompanying the Hidden Surcharge Calculator are several additional tools:

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Leapfrog members have exclusive access to specialized tools and premium supplements to the Hospital Surcharge Calculator.  Members are provided an admissions tabulation spreadsheet, which includes a listing of Hospital Safety Scores to enable users to easily tabulate admissions across their population and can be completed with data from employers' health plan or benefits consultant. Using this data, Leapfrog will create a custom calculation and report with insight on reducing the surcharge based on a company's current hospital usage patterns. Leapfrog members should log in to the member resources page to access these materials.

    


For questions related to the calculator, please contact Erica Mobley, Director of Communications & Development, at emobley@leapfroggroup.org or 202-292-6713.