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Johns Hopkins's Armstrong Institute to Support the Hospital Safety Score and Leapfrog Hospital Survey

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Leapfrog Group has engaged the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, part of Johns Hopkins Medicine, to provide analytical and scientific support for the Hospital Safety ScoreSM expert panel process, as well as the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. This partnership will ensure that the Hospital Safety Score and the Leapfrog Hospital Survey will both continue to be executed with scientific integrity and help link hospitals to evidence-based quality improvement efforts.  Though the Armstrong Institute has been supporting The Leapfrog Group since the summer of 2012, today's announcement marks the formalization of a long-term agreement.

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"Thanks to our membership of business leaders, Leapfrog has emerged as the nation's strongest proponents of transparency of healthcare data, and with that high profile comes an increasingly complex responsibility for scientific accountability. This new partnership assures that the information we give people to make life-and-death decisions about their hospital care are supported with the best evidence", said Leapfrog President & CEO Leah Binder, announcing the new engagement. "Moreover, the Armstrong Institute's proven success in catalyzing hospital improvement will work in synergy with Leapfrog's efforts to utilize purchaser power to spur better safety and quality outcomes—now and in the future, as the science improves."

One of the projects of the engagement is working with the Leapfrog Blue Ribbon Expert Panel on the Hospital Safety Score, a letter grade rating of the safety of general hospitals in the US.  This group of experts from across the country provides guidance on the methodology of the Hospital Safety Score and to the Leapfrog Board of Directors on the letter grades that are assigned to hospitals reflecting how safe they are for patients.

The new engagement will also facilitate more linkage for hospitals between their publicly reported performance and the evidence-based quality improvement strategies they undertake. For instance, Leapfrog has been publicly reporting hospital rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) since 2009, and has published data showing widespread variation among hospitals, with some hospitals able to eliminate CLABSIs and others showing high rates.  The On the CUSP: Stop BSI project, based on the Armstrong Institute's work on eliminating central line infections in ICUs, will bring important support to hospitals seeking to improve their performance. The On The CUSP: Stop BSI project succeeded in reducing CLABSI nationwide by 40% among participants.  "The Armstrong Institute has demonstrated that they are experts in applying research into practice in order to achieve results. We look forward to bringing this expertise to the work of The Leapfrog Group," said Binder.

The Armstrong Institute (http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/armstrong_institute/) oversees all patient safety and quality efforts throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine. It is designed to rigorously apply scientific principles to the study of safety for the benefit of all patients, not just those at Johns Hopkins. The Institute is committed to eliminating preventable harm for patients, reducing health disparities, ensuring clinical excellence and creating a culture that values patient-centered care, collaboration, accountability and organizational learning.

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit organization, uses the collective leverage of large purchasers of health insurance to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. In June 2012 they launched the Hospital Safety Score, a letter grade rating the safety of general hospitals in the United States. Since 2000, they have published safety and quality data available nowhere else through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 by the Business Roundtable and is now independently operated with support from its members.

SOURCE The Leapfrog Group



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