This year, URAC and The Leapfrog Group are revamping their criteria. Instead of requiring thresholds, they will evaluate based on the applications they receive, and disclose their methodology. A panel of judges who also serve as advisers for those groups will review the submittals and validate claims.
Hospitals may apply for the award if they have a "consumer-facing website," have completed the free and voluntary 2013 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, (about 1,300 hospitals do so) and publically report quality data from their Joint Commission accreditation survey, Medicare's Hospital Compare ratings, their own state's reporting results, or the Leapfrog survey data.
There is no charge to apply or to post an award, if a hospital's website is a winner.
The award criteria factors nearly 50 measures in five categories: