A central part of Leapfrog’s annual Survey process is our Public Comment Period. Held each fall, ASCs and other stakeholders are urged to review the proposed changes to the upcoming Survey and provide formal comments to Leapfrog, our research team at Johns Hopkins, and our national expert panel. The comments are reviewed and used to refine the Survey before it is finalized.
The Leapfrog Group, its Board of Directors, Regional Leaders, and purchaser members would like to thank the over 340 ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) that participated in the inaugural 2019 Leapfrog ASC Survey. You made history, demonstrated your commitment to transparency, and are now better prepared to participate in the 2020 Leapfrog ASC Survey. Starting in July of next year, participating facilities, consumers, payers, purchasers, and others will be able to compare the safety and quality of ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) using a comparable and standardized set of national patient safety and quality measures.
In recognition of the fact that more than 60 percent of surgeries in the United States are being performed in outpatient units or ASCs, Leapfrog launched both the Leapfrog ASC Survey and the Outpatient Procedures section of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey on April 1, 2019. The Outpatient Procedures section and the Leapfrog ASC Survey closely align to provide purchasers and consumers with information to compare the same procedure, whether offered at a hospital or an ASC. The Survey questions were developed by national experts, extensively tested with ASCs and HOPDs, and include information on basic facility resources, medical, surgical and clinical staff, volume and safety of procedures, patient safety practices, and patient experience.
The Proposed Changes to the 2020 Leapfrog ASC Survey focus on two main areas: updates to the questions included on the Survey and proposed scoring algorithms that Leapfrog will use to calculate and publicly report Survey Results. The Proposed Changes are based on feedback from participating ASCs, an analysis of 2019 Survey responses, and recommendations from our research team and national expert panel.
We urge ASCs and other stakeholders to pay special attention to the following Proposed Changes:
- New questions regarding participation in national clinical quality registries
- New questions regarding Safe Opioid Prescribing
- Proposed scoring algorithms that will be used for public reporting starting in July 2020
Comments will be accepted until COB on December 20, 2019.