How Results Are Used

Leapfrog’s purchaser members, health plans, and transparency vendors use the Leapfrog Hospital Survey results to:

  1. educate and inform employees/members about patient safety and the importance of comparing provider performance on safety and quality; and 
  2. recognize and acknowledge providers that have met these high standards for care.

To assist consumers making decisions about where to receive care, Leapfrog shares the results from all hospitals on its Compare Hospitals tool. 

External organizations that wish to use the data, for other purposes such as consumer education tools, market analysis, or contracting decisions, must license the data from The Leapfrog Group for a fee. The revenue from data licensure is used to support the ongoing administration of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and Leapfrog’s data dissemination efforts. 

Learn more about how our ratings are used by employers, purchasers, and others.

Leapfrog Top Hospitals

Leapfrog recognizes the highest performers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey through its annual Top Hospital designation. Top Hospital awards are given in four categories: Top General Hospital, Top Teaching Hospital, Top Rural Hospital, and Top Children’s Hospital. To be considered for a Top Hospital award, hospitals must submit a survey by August 31, 2017. Hospitals receiving the award are notified in late October, and are announced publicly at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting in December. The criteria for the Top Hospital awards are determined each year by a committee evaluating hospital performance across all areas of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.  

Competitive Benchmarking Reports

Hospitals that submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey by June 30, 2017 (the first reporting deadline) will receive a free Summary Competitive Benchmarking Report. These Summary Reports illustrate how a hospital compares to others in the nation on value. The reports are generated by applying the Leapfrog Value-Based Purchasing Platform Methodology to 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Survey responses. The Summary Reports are e-mailed to the hospital CEO using the contact information and e-mail address provided by the hospital in the Profile section of their survey. More information about Competitive Benchmarking Reports, the Leapfrog Value-Based Purchasing Platform Methodology, and more detailed performance reports here.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Some measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey are used in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The Safety Grade is a letter grade rating of how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, injuries, harm, and errors. Only general acute-care hospitals are eligible to receive a Safety Grade. The grade is a composite made up of 30 different national patient safety measures and is publicly reported as an A, B, C, D or F letter grade.  While the Safety Grade is a separate program administered by Leapfrog, it does use some data from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, in addition to data from other publicly available sources including the American Hospital Association and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For more information on the measures included and to download a copy of the methodology, visit the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade website


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