Evaluating the Response to the Leapfrog Group's Standard for Intensive Care Unit Staffing


The Leapfrog Group, a consortium of more than 100 large companies, is one of the largest health care purchasing groups to implement an incentive program to reward quality. The group's approach to improving quality and patient safety is to promote specific standards of care for hospitals that provide health care services to their employees. One such standard is that hospitals must have dedicated specialist physicians known as intensivists staffing their intensive care units-a practice that reduces mortality rates but is in use in less than 10 percent of U.S. hospitals. This project will survey top management in 105 hospitals, plus their associated insurers and key purchasers, to determine the financial and nonfinancial factors that determine whether a hospital adopts the Leapfrog intensivist standard. Based on the findings, project staff will issue recommendations for implementing similar, large-scale, purchaser-based programs to reward quality. http://www.jhu.edu

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator:
Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 9, 2002

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