I asked the Greater New York Hospital Association, which represents 143 hospitals, what it thinks of Leapfrog's sales pitch. I thought the group might have a problem with it, since of the 149 hospitals in New York scored by Leapfrog, nine got a D or F and 100 got a C, and since few New York hospitals participate in Leapfrog.
But Lorraine Ryan, GNYHA senior vice president, didn't find it unusual or surprising.
"These public reporting systems are kind of commoditized to a certain extent, and I don't think what they're doing is different than what some of the others do," meaning HealthGrades or U.S. News & World Report , she said.
But some hospital officials say the Leapfrog sales campaign is different because a portion of the score is derived from measures that only Leapfrog's 1,000 participating hospitals voluntarily give Leapfrog; all other measures come from the Medicare database. Hospitals that don't participate in Leapfrog are scored on Medicare data alone.
Therefore, critics say, Leapfrog's data-volunteering hospitals have a better crack at getting a higher score because of the comparative weights Leapfrog's measures are given.