URAC and The Leapfrog Group has partnered to develop the Excellence in Hospital Website Transparency Program to identify outstanding hospital websites that promote transparency of quality measures in a manner that is useful and user-friendly for consumers. The purpose of this program is to inform and protect consumers while spotlighting the importance of transparency in hospital quality reporting.
The URAC/Leapfrog Excellence in Hospital Website Transparency Program criteria has been developed by URAC in accordance with the National Quality Forum’s guidelines for consumer-focused, internet-based public reporting of health performance data as well as the Model Public Report Elements prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The former Leapfrog Survey “transparency indicator” has been used as a base from which the criteria will be designed. The Program has the following categories Design, Credibility, Literacy, Connectivity, and Reporting of Leapfrog Results. The program will be separated into two parts:
- Part I: Acknowledgement of Excellence in Hospital Website Transparency
- Part II: Best Practices in Hospital Website Transparency Award