The Leapfrog Group

Patient Safety


Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers lifesaving-information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

Business Case for Employers 

National and regional health plans use Leapfrog Hospital Survey results to power decision-support tools for their members, and regional coalitions use the data to activate their communities around safety and quality. Hospital Survey results are also used in the calculation of Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, and as the basis for value-based purchasing strategies. 

  • Reporting data on over 2000 hospitals, with regional partnerships in 36 states.
  • Kick-started a national campaign to reduce early elective deliveries.
  • Launched a pay-for-performance program.
  • Designed the Leapfrog Hospital safety Grade to empower consumers to make better choices.

Leapfrog Group recently published a case study on Allegheny Health network's success resulting from system-wide commitment to Leapfrog reporting. This case study shows the power of working together for change. View report

 Leah Binder, CEO, The Leapfrog Group, Covers How Employers Can Utilize Hospital Scores

 What is Patient Safety?


Protecting mothers and babies from needless harm - Leapfrog’s groundbreaking reporting sparked a movement that led to the reduction of Early Elective Delivery rates by 84% nationwide.

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey results are used additionally by other entities in several ways:

  • To recognize the highest performing hospitals as Leapfrog Top Hospitals.
  • To help health plans identify high-value care through the Leapfrog Value-Based Purchasing Program.
  • To help employers and purchasers identify the best facilities for their employees’ health care needs and work with health plans to design benefits packages that steer employees towards the safest and highest quality hospitals.
  • To aid employees and health plan members in choosing a hospital by including Leapfrog data on plan websites and materials as well as in transparency tools.