Ensuring Patient Safety: The Leapfrog Group Initiatives

“Healthcare value means the right care at the right price and place, and the Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value has been a national role model in the movement for value. They use the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade and Leapfrog Hospital and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Surveys strategically to insist that quality and safety are top priorities, and to develop novel reporting that allows employers to tie their investment in health care to the excellence they expect for their employees.”

Leah Binder, MA, MGA, President & CEO
The Leapfrog Group

The Challenge

According to a 2016 study published in the BMJ medical journal, deaths from medical errors may be responsible for more than a quarter of a million deaths annually, making it the third leading cause of death (click here for the full study).

At the Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value, we believe that employers have the right to ensure that their employees and their families receive the highest quality patient care, free from harm. The Leapfrog Group is a national, nonprofit watchdog organization that works to foster positive change in the quality and safety of American health care.

One of their main initiatives — the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade — assigns letter grades A-F to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. In one study, researchers found that when compared to A” hospitals:

  • Patients at “D” and “F” hospitals face a 92% greater risk of avoidable death.
  • Patients at “C” hospitals on average face an 88% greater risk of avoidable death.
  • Patients at “B” hospitals on average face a 35% greater risk of avoidable death.

Click here for the full Leapfrog study report.

Our Solution

Ensuring safe, high-quality care for all Floridians has always been our mission and our purpose. As Florida’s Regional Leader for The Leapfrog Group since 2002, the Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value is the force driving the need for change and improvement as well as transparency throughout our state.

In addition to promoting the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade program, we use the collective leverage of our employer members to request that all of Florida’s hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) fully participate in Leapfrog’s flagship initiatives — the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey. They collect and transparently report on facilities’ performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers lifesaving information to make informed decisions.

The Results

If you are interested in finding out how safe your hospital is visit The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Grade website.

If you are interested in find out the ratings for Hospitals and Surgery Centers, visit the Rating website. Here you can compare a hospital’s outpatient department with a same day surgery center.


For more information about our patient safety initiatives with The Leapfrog Group, please contact Ashley Tait-Dinger, MBA.

The Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value’s Ashley Tait-Dinger, MBA, on How the Hospital Safety Grade Keeps It Simple for Users