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Updates and Timelines for Hospitals

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2019 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. 

  • February 28, 2019 (for Spring 2019 Safety Grades)* 
  • August 31, 2019 (for Fall 2019 Safety Grades) 

Courtesy Review Dates
As a courtesy to hospitals, Leapfrog will hold a 3-Week Courtesy Safety Grade 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. 

  • March 7-25, 2019 (for Spring 2019 Safety Grades)*
  • September 18 - October 8, 2019 (for Fall 2019 Safety Grades) 

Town Hall Calls

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

The Town Hall Call for the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade was held on September 24.

 

Download the slides here | Download the recording here

 

Letter Grade Embargo Period 

Following the close of the 3-week Courtesy Safety Grade 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. 

  • April 25 - May 15 (For Spring 2019 Safety Grades)

2019 Public Announcement Dates 

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

  • May 15, 2019*
  • October/November 2019 

*The dates for the Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade have been updated due to CMS’ announcement to delay the December 2018 update to Hospital Compare.

2019 LEAPFROG HOSPITAL SAFETY GRADE TIMELINE
APRIL

2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey opens on April 1, 2019

2-week Letter Grade Embargo Period

MAY Public release of Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades on May 15, 2019
JULY CMS scheduled to update data published on the Hospital Compare website.
 
AUGUST

Snapshot Date: August 31, 2019 (for Fall 2019 release)

PLEASE NOTE: Hospitals that would like Leapfrog Hospital Survey data included in the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade MUST submit a 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey and CPOE Evaluation Tool 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 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade calculations.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

3-week Courtesy Safety Grade Review Period (for Fall 2019 release)

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER

2-week Letter Grade Embargo Period

Public release of Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades 

2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey closes for the year on November 30. Results can be viewed at www.leapfroggroup.org/compare-hospitals.

PLEASE NOTE: Hospitals that would like Leapfrog Hospital Survey data included in the Spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade MUST submit a 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey and CPOE Evaluation Tool on or before November 30 in order for it to be used in the Safety Grade calculations.

DECEMBER 

CMS Scheduled update to data published on Hospital Compare website 

JANUARY 2020

Snapshot Date: January 31, 2020 (for Spring 2020 release)

PLEASE NOTE: Hospitals that would like Leapfrog Hospital Survey data included in the Spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade MUST submit a 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey and CPOE Evaluation Tool on or before November 30 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.