What is Leapfrog? The Leapfrog Group was founded in 2000 to educate employers and providers on methods to reduce medical errors and improve quality in health care. Leapfrog is a voluntary program in which employers encourage providers to improve patient safety and customer value. The Leapfrog Group has almost 200 members, including Fortune 500 companies and other public and private organizations that provide health benefits for their employees, retirees and dependents.
In 2001, the Leapfrog Group Hospital Survey was launched, which assesses hospital performance based on four quality and safety practices that are proven to reduce preventable medical mistakes and are endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF). It is estimated that Leapfrog's initiatives could potentially save up to 57,000 lives, prevent up to 3 billion medication errors, and save up to 12 billion dollars each year.
Baystate Health hospitals were early adopters and strong supporters of public reporting of the Leapfrog’s standards. Baystate Medical Center was designated as a 2012 Leapfrog Group Top Hospital, putting the medical center in an elite group of the safest hospitals in the country.
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