The Leapfrog Group – Virginia (Hospitals)

VBCH Patient Safety Initiative

VBCH is Virginia’s lead agency for The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), the USA’s top independent organization for evaluating hospitals, hospital safety, and prevention of hospital errors. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score awards hospitals grades of “A” through “F.”

We thank our Virginia-wide Leapfrog-reporting hospitals for their transparency and their improvement, and we thank these hospitals and our health plans for their strategic partnership with the VBCH.


April 29, 2014
The Leapfrog Group released the Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Scores.
Of the 64 Virginia/2,522 US hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score:
~28 Virginia/804 US earned an “A
~21 Virginia/668 US earned a “B
~12 Virginia/878 US earned a “C
~3 Virginia/150 US earned a “D
~0 Virginia/22 US earned an “F
Most encouraging for the patient safety movement is that nearly one-third of all hospitals have seen a 10-percent or higher improvement in performance on the safety measures used in the score since 2012. Some hospitals, however, remain stagnant and continually rank as poor performers.
For more information on the Spring 2014 release of Hospital Safety Scores and to view the state rankings, please visit Attached, please find a copy of the national press release, Hospital Safety Score Reveals Hospitals Becoming Safer, but Dangers to Patients Lurk.
We encourage you to share this information with your network of contacts as well as through social media outlets using #hospitalsafetyscore.
    On behalf of the Virginia Business Coalition on Health and The Leapfrog Group, thank you for contributing to another successful round of Hospital Safety Scores!

March 3, 2014
The Leapfrog Group announced the updated rates of Early Elective Deliveries as reported on the 2013 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. We are pleased to announce that the national rate of early elective deliveries dropped for the second year. Early elective deliveries have been decreasing since 2010 when Leapfrog became the first to publicly report hospital rates. In 2013, 71 percent of the reporting hospitals met Leapfrog’s early elective deliveries target rate of less than 5 percent, compared to 46 percent of hospitals in the 2012 survey.  To access the press release, Dramatic Decline in Dangerous Early Elective Deliveries; The Leapfrog Group Cautions Against Babies Being Born Too Soon, Hits National Target, and the average state rates of Early Elective Deliveries, please visit the Leapfrog website.

December 4, 2013
VBCH congratulates two Virginia TOP HOSPITALS:


  1. Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital
  2. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

April 1, 2013
We are very pleased to share that Leapfrog has been included in a USA Today patient safety awareness campaign


SHARE:   To maintain and improve, and promote consumerism, every employer is encourage to make these scores available to every employee and their family member.  Employers in communities with low-scoring hospitals could unite to make the hospitals’ individual scores visible.   Also, employers can ask their health plan administrators to use this information on all their websites and in designing Pay-for-Performance programs.
LEARN:  Learn about a the 20/2020 initiative to make 20% of your health care payments based on ‘value’ by 2020.  CLICK HERE for the maternity care payment and value pricing payment refort contract language.

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  1. Leapfrog Hospital Survey / Report: 9/30/2013
    1. 76% - Urban hospitals participate
    2. 21% -Rural hospital participate
  2. Early Elective Deliveries (EED)- Target Rate: less than 5%
    DOWNLOADS:   Report Card 3/10/14  /  FACTSHEET   /
    Cost of Prematurity to US Employers

    1. 23 Virginia hospitals “Fully Meets Standard”
    2. 13 Hospitals are “Worse than Target” 
      ~8 of this group have “Substantial Progress”
    3. 5.4% – Average Virginia rate of Early Elective Deliveries
      ~at least 17 state have better rates than Virginia.
  3. Hospital Safety Score - Report: April 29, 2014
    1. 28 Achieved “A” Score VBCH Leapfrog A-List
      Virginia Ranks 8th in the nation with 44% “A” Hospitals
      2014APR29 Mapped A, B, C, D Graded Hospitals
    2. 21 Scored “B”
    3. 12 Scored “C”
    4. 3 Scored “D”
    5. 0 Scored “F”