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The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization that is based in Washington, D.C. that uses the shared leverage of large health care purchasers to initiate improvements in safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The organization was founded in 2000 with the support of the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently run by its purchasers and members.

The Alliance and The Leapfrog Group

The Alliance acts as a regional leader on behalf of The Leapfrog Group for the state of Wisconsin. As a partner, we are able to use Leapfrog’s measures within our Find a Doctor website to provide our members with comparative quality information to help them make informed decisions about where to go for health care. We also use the data for our performance-based reimbursement program, which builds incentives into our provider contracts to improve certain areas of care at hospitals.

Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades Are Now Available

Hospital Safety Grade

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade rates hospitals on how well they protect their patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. These mistakes harm millions of Americans every year and it is estimated that 1,000 people per day will die due to preventable hospital errors. Each assigned grade of A, B, C, D or F is calculated using peer-reviewed methodology that was created under the guidance of top patient safety experts.

The results are in for Fall 2017 and we have updated our Find a Doctor transparency tool with these new grades. Employer members of The Alliance and their employees will be able to view the grades while performing searches on Find a Doctor. View both key national findings and key Alliance network findings below.

Further reading on safety in health care:
Read these tips on how you can make health care safer. The Leapfrog Group also produced this whitepaper on hidden surcharges and this calculator to help you determine what you as an employer pay as a result of hospital errors.

Key National Findings for Fall 2017

  • Of the 2,632 hospitals graded in the update, 832 earned an “A,” 662 a “B,” 964 a “C,” 159 a “D” and 15 an “F”
  • Oregon, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho showed the most improvement over the five-year period since the inception of the Hospital Safety Grade, with the most dramatic being Rhode Island, which was ranked 50th in 2012 and ranked first today. Other states with significant improvement include Oregon, going from 48th in 2012 to eighth today, Hawaii from 36th to third, Wisconsin from 44th to sixth, and Idaho from 19th to fourth.
  • Impressively, 59 hospitals nationwide have achieved an “A” in every scoring update since the launch of the Safety Grade in Spring 2012

Key Alliance Network Hospital Findings for Fall 2017

The report card for The Alliance in-network hospitals is listed below.

  • Out of the 38 hospitals graded within The Alliance network, 25 (66%) received an “A,” six (16%) received a “B” and seven (18%) received a “C.” None received a “D” or an “F.”
  • Additionally, seven hospitals earned the “Straight A” designation for continuously maintaining an “A” grade for the last three years: Beaver Dam Community Hospital, Monroe Clinic, UW Health University Hospital, Central DuPage Hospital, Centegra Hospital – McHenry, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and OSF St. Mary Medical Center.
  • Sixty-one in-network hospitals do not appear on the list, which means not enough data is available to accurately calculate a grade for these hospitals. In most cases, this is because hospitals designated as a “critical-access hospital” are not required to submit data to CMS, which is one of the sources of the data used in the Leapfrog grades.

The report card for The Alliance in-network hospitals is listed below.

Aspirus Riverview Hospital

Aspirus Riverview Hospital

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Wausau, Wis.

Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc.

Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc.

Beaver Dam, Wis.

Beloit Memorial Hospital

Beloit Memorial Hospital

Beloit, Wis.

Centegra Hospital - McHenry

Centegra Hospital - McHenry

McHenry, Ill.

Centegra Hospital - Woodstock

Centegra Hospital - Woodstock

Woodstock, Ill.

Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital

Winfield, Ill.

CGH Medical Center

CGH Medical Center

Sterling, Ill.

Delnor Community Hospital

Delnor Community Hospital

Geneva, Ill.

Divine Savior Healthcare

Divine Savior Healthcare

Portage, Wis.

FHN Memorial Hospital

FHN Memorial Hospital

Freeport, Ill.

Finley Hospital

Finley Hospital

Dubuque, Iowa

Fort Memorial Hospital

Fort Memorial Hospital

Fort Atkinson, Wis.

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center

La Crosse, Wis.

Illinois Valley Community Hospital

Illinois Valley Community Hospital

Peru, Ill.

Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital

Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital

Dixon, Ill.

Kishwaukee Community Hospital

Kishwaukee Community Hospital

DeKalb, Ill.

Marshfield Medical Center

Marshfield Medical Center

Marshfield, Wis.

Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital

Janesville, Wis.

Mercy Medical Center of Dubuque

Mercy Medical Center of Dubuque

Dubuque, Iowa

Mercy Medical Center - Clinton

Mercy Medical Center - Clinton

Clinton, Iowa

UnityPoint Health - Meriter Hospital

UnityPoint Health - Meriter Hospital

Madison, Wis.

Monroe Clinic

Monroe Clinic

Monroe, Wis.

Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital

Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital

Oconomowoc, Wis.

OSF St. Anthony Medical Center

OSF St. Anthony Medical Center

Rockford, Ill.

OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center

OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center

Ottowa, Ill.

OSF St. Francis Medical Center of Peoria

OSF St. Francis Medical Center of Peoria

Peoria, Ill.

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center

Bloomington, Ill.

OSF St. Mary Medical Center

OSF St. Mary Medical Center

Galesburg, Ill.

Rockford Memorial Hospital

Rockford Memorial Hospital

Rockford, Ill.

St. Agnes Hospital

St. Agnes Hospital

Fond du Lac, Wis.

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Madison

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Madison

Madison, Wis.

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Janesville

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Janesville

Janesville, Wis.

Swedish American Hospital

Swedish American Hospital

Rockford, Ill.

University of Illinois Hospital & Health

University of Illinois Hospital & Health

Chicago, Ill.

University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics

University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics

Madison, Wis.

Watertown Regional Medical Center

Watertown Regional Medical Center

Watertown, Wis.

Waukesha Memorial Hospital

Waukesha Memorial Hospital

Waukesha, Wis.

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