Frequently Asked Questions
Although recognition from the Leapfrog Group is a very important and highly acclaimed honor in the
health care industry, few patients understand its significance. To help our patients better
understand the importance of the University of Maryland Medical Center being named to the
Leapfrog Group's "Top Hospital" list seven times, from 2006 through 2012, as well as being named a
Leapfrog "Hospital of the Decade," we have prepared answers to some of the most frequently
asked questions about the Leapfrog Group. Please click on the questions listed below to learn
Who is the Leapfrog Group?
In 1999, after learning that approximately 98,000 Americans die from preventable medical errors
in hospitals every year, several large companies received funding from the
Business Roundtable to officially
launch the Leapfrog Group in November 2000. The Leapfrog
Group is an independently supported organization whose members strive to improve regulations
surrounding the quality and value of the health insurance they choose for their employees,
retirees and family members. The Leapfrog Group was established to measure and recognize
institutions in the health care industry that are working to improve the quality and affordability
of care for their patients.
What does the Leapfrog Group do?
The Leapfrog Group's main goals for improving the quality of health care in the United States
- Building transparency within the health care industry
- Issuing incentives and rewards to those organizations that put their patients first
- Making health care safer and more effective for both patients and health care employees
This means that the Leapfrog Group collects and publishes information about hospitals' efforts to
improve the care they provide to patients, while rewarding those hospitals that strive for
excellence and successfully collaborate with others to ensure that the above goals consistently
and effectively move toward and improved health care system.
What is the Leapfrog "Top Hospital" award?
The Leapfrog Group has issued "Top Hospital" awards since 2006. To be named as a "Top Hospital,"
all hospitals are invited to submit their patient safety and quality of care information to be
judged in four key areas known as "leaps." The four leaps include:
According to the Leapfrog Web site, "Research shows that if the first three leaps were implemented
in all urban hospitals in the U.S. we could save over 57,000 lives, prevent as many as 3 million
serious medication errors, and save $12.0 billion each year" (Lwin 2008).
What does the "Top Hospital" award mean for patients?
The Leapfrog "Top Hospital" award is recognized as the gold standard for measuring and reporting
hospitals' performance in safety, quality and efficiency. Hospitals that have received a Leapfrog
"Top Hospital" award are institutions that have been recognized for their efforts to strive for
and provide the safest and highest level of care to their patients. These hospitals have willingly
submitted their reports to the Leapfrog Group and have consistently provided the safest and
highest quality of care to their patients.