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Summary of Changes to the Fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grade

On May 7, 2020 Leapfrog published planned changes to the Fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grade Methodology and held a 3-week public comment period. The document below summarizes the final changes that will be applied to the Fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grade Methodology as well as one additional change that was not originally published and includes responses to public comments received.

The methodology changes outlined in this document include:

1.       Data sources and scoring for Hand Hygiene

2.       Removal of Safe Practice #4 – Risks and Hazards

3.       Missing Data Threshold

In addition, this document includes other important information about the Fall 2020 Data Snapshot Date, Safety Grade Review Period, and reporting periods for measures used in the Fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grade.

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2020 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 (for Spring 2020 Safety Grades) 
  • September 30 (for Fall 2020 Safety Grades) 

For more information about Leapfrog Hospital Survey deadlines visit

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.

  • February 18- March 9 (for Spring 2020 Safety Grades)
  • October 15- October 30 (for Fall 2020 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. 

  • Town Hall Call for Spring 2020: February 24 from 1-2pm ET
  • Town Hall Call for Fall 2020: TBA

Download the slides from the Spring 2020 Town Hall Call here | Download the recording from the Spring 2020 Town Hall Call 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 9 - 29 (for Spring 2020 Safety Grades)
  • November (for Fall 2020 Safety Grades) 

2020 Public Announcement Dates 

The Hospital Safety Grades will be updated on the website twice per year.

  • Spring 2020: April 30
  • Fall 2020: Early December (Exact date TBD)

For questions about the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, or to update information about your facility, contact our Help Desk at