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The Leapfrog Group Launches Updated Hospital Rewards Program
Date:11/6/2008

Improved Program Supports Local Value-based Health Care Purchasing Initiatives

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, The Leapfrog Group launches a re-designed hospital improvement initiative, The Leapfrog Hospital Rewards Program (LHRP), a nationally standardized performance program that rewards hospitals for improvements in quality and resource utilization. Developed by healthcare experts, the new LHRP includes a standardized measure set and scoring methodology, in addition to customizable program features, that purchasers can license and implement in local markets.

"Value-based purchasing initiatives are spreading throughout the country, so it's important for Leapfrog to offer a nationally standardized and evidence-based approach so multiple payers can use LHRP simultaneously to accelerate the drive toward improving quality," said Leah Binder, CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

In 2005, The Leapfrog Group launched the first version of a rewards program for hospitals in two pilot markets. The redesigned LHRP is more comprehensive and easier to use for both hospitals and payers.

"We re-designed the program so that it uses measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey as its infrastructure and also incorporates best practices and lessons learned from our earlier pilot programs," said Binder. "We are excited to offer a new program that challenges hospitals to become top performers and rewards them for achieving progress toward this goal."

The new program was developed under the close guidance of a steering committee composed of experts from academia, hospitals, health plans, clinicians, as well as government representatives.

Features of the new LHRP include:

-- Single data source, based on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey

-- Increased clinical scope

-- Added resource utilization measure

-- Simplified scoring methodology

-- Customized program with rewards

The LHRP is now available for payers to license and implement in any market across the country. Payers have the ability to customize certain aspects of the program to suit the needs and goals of their contracted hospital networks.

Many payers continue to focus on implementing initiatives that improve health care quality and resource utilization. For example, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey implemented Leapfrog's rewards program as a pilot program which was part of their broader quality improvement initiative.

"The Leapfrog Group is a leader in the hospital quality and safety movement. Their program has helped our hospitals identify opportunities for improvement, and focus resources on those opportunities. We're eager to see how we can customize the new LHRP for the New Jersey market to best suit the needs of hospitals and Horizon," said William Finck, Director of Network Initiatives, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

Other health plans, like Aetna, Inc., have also adopted Leapfrog's mission and initiatives to advance hospital improvements.

For more information about program specifics, please visit the Leapfrog Group's Web site at http://www.leapfroggroup.org.

The Leapfrog Group

On behalf of the millions of Americans for whom many of the nation's largest corporations and public agencies buy health benefits, The Leapfrog Group (http://www.leapfroggroup.org) aims to use its members' collective leverage to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care. Leapfrog is a leading actor in the national movement to advance value in health care. Founded in November 2000 by the Business Roundtable, Leapfrog secures its support from major corporations, business coalitions and public agencies that purchase health care benefits, as well as from products and services that support value-based purchasing.


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