The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey

The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded in 2000 to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability. The Leapfrog Group surveys more than 1,300 hospitals and assesses performance focusing on four critical areas:

  • Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE): Using computer physician order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors.
  • Evidence-Based Hospital Referral (EHR): Choosing hospitals with the best track records and most experience with certain complex medical procedures. By referring to these hospitals, patients have the best outcomes.
  • ICU Physician Staffing (IPS): Adequate Intensive Care Unit (ICU) physician staffing.
  • Leapfrog Safe Practices Score: Following protocols and policies to reduce medical errors and other safe practices recommended by the National Quality Forum.

In addition, hospitals are measured on their progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions and adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors, among other things. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey asks hospitals to report on the steps they take to improve patient care. 

Results of the survey for UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest and UC San Diego Thornton Hospital and Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center in La Jolla can be found on The Leapfrog Group’s website at leapfroggroup.org/cp and searching by hospital for UC San Diego Health System, or clicking here. Here you will find detailed information regarding UC San Diego Health System and its commitment to safety, quality of care and use of resources.

Hospital Safety Score – UC San Diego Health System Receives Highest Grade

The Hospital Safety Score uses national performance measures from the following sources to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors:

  • Leapfrog Hospital Survey
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

In 2013 UC San Diego Health System continued to receive “A” ratings from The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score™ which represents its overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. Learn more about the results of the survey for UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest and UC San Diego Thornton Hospital and Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center in La Jolla.

Learn more about Leapfrog's scoring methodology and compare hospital ratings on Leapfrog's website at leapfroggroup.org.