The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national not-for-profit organization driven by the nation’s largest employers and purchasers of health care benefits to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. Leapfrog aims to mobilize employer purchasing power to alert America’s health industry that big leaps in health care safety, quality and customer value will be recognized and rewarded. The Leapfrog Group was founded by a small group of large employers, initially supported by the Business Roundtable (BRT) and launched in November 2000. Leapfrog is now independently supported by its purchaser members.

The Leapfrog Group’s growing consortium of Fortune 500 companies and other large private and public health care purchasers provide health benefits to more than 37 million Americans in all 50 states; Leapfrog members and their employees spend tens of billions of dollars on health care annually. Leapfrog members have agreed to base their purchase of health care on principles that encourage provider quality improvement and consumer involvement.

The Leapfrog Group launched the Leapfrog Hospital Survey in 2001 to encourage hospitals to publicly report their progress in meeting three key safety practices that had been identified as have the potential to save a substantial number of patient lives. Since that time, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey has evolved into a well-balanced survey of hospital quality and safety, focusing on hospital structures, processes of care, and outcomes.

Background information about the Leapfrog Hospital Survey

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Additional Detail on Survey Models

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