Capital Blue Cross Leapfrog Value-Based Purchasing Program

The Challenge

According to The Leapfrog Group, preventable medical errors kill more than 200,000 people every year in the United States. With this alarming statistic, there is a need for patients, insurers, and employers to have access to current health care data on safety and quality metrics to empower people to make an informed decision on their care. Additionally, publicly sharing performance in a transparent way incentivizes collective improvement across a region.

What We Do

Our Solution

In 2016, Capital Blue Cross contracted with HCIF in a shared learning improvement initiative in support of Capital’s Leapfrog Value-Based Purchasing Program (LVBPP), a pay for improvement reimbursement program using quality and safety data from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. HCIF plans and conducts one webinar and 2 shared learning events with network hospitals aimed at improving regional performance in safety, quality and resource utilization through the exchange of survey improvement strategies and approaches.

HCIF also analyzes Leapfrog Survey data and variations in regional performance to identify trends, strengths, and opportunities for improvement. Topics of shared learning events have included cesarean sections, hospital-acquired injuries, bar code medication administration, outpatient procedures, workforce staffing, informed consent and hospital-acquired infections.

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Program Impact

Increase in survey completion by cohort hospitals, outpacing state and national hospital rates

Cohort Value Score consistently ranks higher than state and national Value Score averages

More than half of cohort hospitals achieved an “A” Safety Grade in 2023 

Cohort performing better than state & national averages on 70% of measures in 2022 Survey

“Always appreciate how well [our] groups work together and how transparent Leapfrog is. You can see the improvements in the cohort because of this, which translates to safer patient care.”

– Program participant

Program Details

To get involved, contact Liz Owens, Senior Project Manager, HCIF

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