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Updates and Timelines for Hospitals

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Leapfrog has announced an updated scoring methodology to be applied beginning with the Fall 2018 grades. View the details and Leapfrog's responses to public comments regarding the changes. 

2018 Data Snapshot Dates
The data snapshot date is the date that Leapfrog will extract public data (i.e. download data published by CMS or submitted to Leapfrog or secondary data sources) to calculate Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. All data, including Leapfrog Hospital Survey results, must be finalized by these dates. 

  • January 31, 2018 (for Spring 2018 Safety Grades) 
  • August 31, 2018 (for Fall 2018 Safety Grades) 

Courtesy Review Dates
As a courtesy to hospitals, Leapfrog will hold a 3-Week Courtesy Data Review Period before the public release of each Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade update. The review period is an opportunity for hospitals to review the data for accuracy (i.e., identify recording errors, hospital name and address changes, etc.) on a secure website and review changes to the scoring algorithm. 

  • February 20 -- March 9 (for Spring 2018 Safety Grades)
  • September 18-October 8 at Midnight Eastern Time (for Fall 2018 Safety Grades) 

Please contact the Help Desk if you have questions.

Town Hall Calls

Leapfrog hosts a Town Hall Call during each 3-week Courtesy Data Review Period to provide hospitals and other stakeholders with information on changes to the measures and scoring methodology. 

The Fall 2018 Safety Grade call was held on Tuesday, September 25 from 3-4 P.M. (Eastern Time). 

View the slides here | Listen to the recording here

Letter Grade Embargo Period 

Following the close of the 3-week Courtesy Data Review Period, Leapfrog finalizes the data and establishes letter grade cut-points. Leapfrog then refreshes the Safety Grade Review website and hospitals are able to participate in a 2-week letter grade embargo period in which they can preview their letter grade prior to the public announcement. 

  • For Fall 2018: October 17 - November 8

2018 Public Announcement Dates 

Dates in which the Hospital Safety Grades will be updated on the website and announced via Leapfrog’s national press release. 

  • April 24, 2018
  • November 8, 2018 (Delayed due to Hurricane Florence) 
2018 LEAPFROG HOSPITAL SAFETY GRADE TIMELINE
DECEMBER 31, 2017

2017 Leapfrog Hospital Survey closes for the year. Results can be viewed at www.leapfroggroup.org/compare-hospitals

PLEASE NOTE: Hospitals that would like Leapfrog Hospital Survey data included in the Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade MUST submit a 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Survey and CPOE Evaluation Tool on or before December 31 in order for it to be used in the Safety Grade calculations.

CMS Scheduled update to data published on Hospital Compare website

JANUARY

Snapshot Date: January 31, 2018 (for April 2018 release)

FEBRUARY  

3-week Courtesy Safety Grade Review Period (for April 2018 release)

APRIL

2018 Leapfrog Hospital Survey opens on April 1, 2018

Mid-April: 2-week Letter Grade Embargo Period

April 24: Public release of Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

JULY CMS scheduled to update data published on the Hospital Compare website
 
AUGUST

Snapshot Date: August 31, 2018 (for Fall 2018 release)

PLEASE NOTE: Hospitals that would like Leapfrog Hospital Survey data included in the Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade MUST submit a 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Survey on or before August 31 in order for it to be used in the Safety Grade calculations. Surveys submitted or updated after August 31 will not be used in the Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade calculations.
SEPTEMBER

3-week Courtesy Safety Grade Review Period (for Fall 2018 release)

OCTOBER

October 17- November 8: Letter grade embargo 

NOVEMBER

November 8: Public release of Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades 

Note: the release is delayed due to Hurricane Florence 

DECEMBER

CMS Scheduled update to data published on Hospital Compare website

PLEASE NOTE: Hospitals that would like Leapfrog Hospital Survey data included in the Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade MUST submit a 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Survey and CPOE Evaluation Tool on or before December 31 in order for it to be used in the Safety Grade calculations.

 

For questions about the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, or to update information about your facility, contact our Help Desk at https://LeapfrogHelpDesk.Zendesk.com.