The Leapfrog ASC Survey was first launched in 2019 in recognition of the fact that more than 60 percent of surgeries in the United States are now performed in outpatient units or ASCs. In 2020, Survey responses will be scored and publicly reported by facility.
ASCs should visit the ASC
Survey login page to get started.
The Outpatient Procedures section of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey closely aligns with the Leapfrog ASC Survey. This joint effort provides purchasers and consumers with information to compare the same procedure, whether offered at a hospital or an ASC, across a range of topics important to purchasers, employers and patients.
The measures included in Leapfrog's Surveys are predicated on the latest science and are selected with guidance from scientific advisors at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety at Johns Hopkins Medicine as well as Leapfrog's volunteer Expert Panels.
View Leapfrog ASC Survey Results here.
Click below for more information on each section in the Leapfrog ASC Survey.
Basic Facility Information
This section requests general information about the facility that consumers should know, including:
- Number of operating rooms and procedure rooms
- Number of discharges
- Ownership information
- Transfer policies
Medical, Surgical and Clinical Staff
Question pertaining to the training and education of medical, surgical and clinical staff is covered in this section of the Survey, including:
- Proper resuscitation training such as Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification
- Board certification for physicians, anesthesiologists, and certified nurse anesthetists
Volume and Safety of Procedures
A significant body of evidence suggest a strong relationship between surgical volume and outcomes, so this section recounts volume for procedures commonly performed on an outpatient basis, including both adult and pediatric procedures within the following specialties:
- General surgery
- Neurological surgery
- Obstetrics and gynecology
- Plastic and reconstructive surgery
This section of the ASC Survey also includes questions about patient follow-up, patient selection, and use of a safe surgery checklist.
Patient Safety Practices
In order to achieve a higher likelihood of a safer procedure in an ASC, patients should choose a facility that has implemented key practices related to:
- Medication Safety
- Antimicrobial Stewardship Practices
- Opioid Prescribing (new in 2020; not scored or publicly reported)
- Hand Hygiene Practices
- National Quality Forum-endorsed Safe Practices including Culture of Safety Leadership Structures and Systems and Culture Measurement, Feedback and Innovation
- Policy on Never Events
ASCs can have a survey administered to patients that asks about their experience in the facility. The information provided in this section offers patient-reported quality data that is valuable to purchasers and patients considering care at that facility. Examples of questions asked in patient experience surveys include:
- Did your doctor or anyone from the facility prepare you for what to expect during your recovery?
- Before you left the facility, did your doctor or anyone from the facility give you information about what to do if you had bleeding as a result of your procedure?
- Possible signs of infection include fever, swelling, heat, drainage or redness. Before you left the facility, did your doctor or anyone from the facility give you information about what to do if you had possible signs of infection?