Missy Danforth is the Vice President of Health Care Ratings at The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, DC based, not-for-profit organization representing the nation’s largest employers and purchasers of health benefits working to make great leaps forward in the safety, quality, and value of healthcare. At Leapfrog, Ms. Danforth serves as member of Leapfrog’s senior leadership team informing Leapfrog’s strategic direction, engaging experts and stakeholders, and analyzing program results to engage purchasers and consumers and to drive safety and quality improvements. Ms. Danforth administers Leapfrog’s various measurement and public reporting activities including the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s Value-Based Purchasing Program, Leapfrog’s new Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey, and emerging ratings programs. Ms. Danforth services on the National Quality Forum’s Consensus Standards Approval Committee (CSAC) and has served on various other national committees and technical expert panels. She is currently leading a four-year project funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop a national hospital survey on diagnostic safety and quality.

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Translating Research to Practice: Recommended Practices for Hospitals to Reduce Diagnostic Errors

Experts from The Leapfrog Group, an AcademyHealth organizational member, explore the challenges of translating diagnostic research into widespread action. A new initiative aims to address this and rapidly reduce harm from diagnostic error through public reporting and accountability.