Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

What is the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade?:  The purpose of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is to bring safety and quality information  to healthcare consumers so they can make informed choices about where they receive healthcare.  Using national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement a letter grade is assigned representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.  Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are issued twice a year. 
Why is the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade important to healthcare consumers?:  The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade allows healthcare consumers to quickly assess the safety of their local hospital, and choose the safest hospital to seek care.  The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade can tell you, for example,  about how well your hospital does at preventing the spread of infection and encouraging staff hand washing.