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ARTICLE The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group is a leading force to promote hospital quality and safety.

It includes 170 of the largest public and private health care purchasers that provide more than $67 billion of medical coverage to 36 million Americans every year.


Leapfrog’s recommended hospital quality and safety practices, which are endorsed by the National Quality Forum include:

  • Use of computerized prescription systems (computer physician order entry)
  • Selecting hospitals with the best results or extensive experience for select high-risk conditions and procedures (evidence-based hospital referral)
  • Staffing Intensive Care Units with trained specialists (ICU physician staffing)
  • The 27 other patient safety practices arrived at by national consensus  (National Quality Forum endorsed Safe Practices for Better Health Care)

UnitedHealthcare is a member of The Leapfrog Group. To assist consumers in seeking the best possible, and safest, health care for themselves and their families, we include Leapfrog reporting (where available) in our consumer-directed information and care-facilitation programs. The Leapfrog Hospital Comparison Tool is available at and on (registration required).


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