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There is no dearth of hospital "scorecards" being distributed annually; some are more credible than others by way of their reproducible and rigorous methodology. The Leapfrog Group is a serious participant in this analytical space. Today, Leapfrog released its 2009 selections for best US hospitals. Their survey (found at www.leapfroggroup.org) is the only national, public comparison of hospitals on key issues including mortality rates for certain common procedures, infection rates, safety practices, and measures of efficiency.

By way of background, The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) uses the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 by the Business Roundtable, and is now independently operated with support from its members.

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