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Key Dates for Hospitals

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Planned Changes to the spring 2021 Hospital Safety Grade Methodology – New Imputation Model for CPOE, BCMA, and ICU Physician Staffing
As first announced in September 2020, Leapfrog is planning changes to the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade scoring methodology effective with the spring 2021 Hospital Safety Grade. Leapfrog is inviting public comments on these proposed changes through January 31, 2021.

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2020/2021 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.

  • September 30 (for fall 2020 Safety Grades) 
  • January 31 (for spring 2021 Safety Grades) 

For more information about Leapfrog Hospital Survey deadlines visit

Courtesy Review Dates
As a courtesy to hospitals, Leapfrog will hold a 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.

  • October 15- October 30 (for fall 2020 Safety Grades) 
  • Mid-late February (for spring 2021 Safety Grades)

Town Hall Calls

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

Download the slides from the fall 2020 Town Hall Call here | Download the audio recording from the fall 2020 Town Hall Call here 

  • Spring 2021 Town Hall Call: TBD

Letter Grade Embargo Period 

Following the close of the 2-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. 

  • November 17 - December 13 (for fall 2020 Safety Grades) 
  • Late April/Early May (for spring 2021 Safety Grades)

2020/2021 Public Announcement Dates 

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

  • Fall 2020: December 14 
  • Spring 2021: Late April/Early May

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