Tuesday, October 20, 2015


www.LeapfrogGroup.org/HospitalSurveyReport Predicting patient survival of high -­‐ risk surgeries Despite breakthroughs in surgical safety, some amount of risk will always exist. But for many high -­‐ risk surgeries, choosing where to receive care can mean the difference between life and death. Given its potential impact on the health and well -­‐ being of employees and their families, the quality of surgical ca re is also critically important to employers . Paying for surgeries through employer -­‐ sponsored health insurance plans , these employers want nothing more than their valued workers back on their feet.

 The Leapfrog Group, a national employer -­‐ driven nonprofit watchdog organization, asks hospitals to report their performance each year and makes this information public, so health care consumers and purchasers can use it to compare hospitals and make the best choice for surgical care. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey focuses on four specific surgical procedures because they are both common and high -­‐ risk, and the survival rates for these procedures vary widely across hospitals. Leapfrog calculates predicted survival rates, by hospital, for each type of surgery.