Quality Reporting at Alegent Health Expands to Further Engage Consumers
Release Date: 10/10/2007

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Ten new quality indicators are added to composite scoring system

OMAHA, Neb. – What was the Alegent 20 quality reporting system has now become the Alegent 30. Alegent Health’s composite quality scores continue to surpass regional competitors and a national benchmark, so the bar is being raised by adding an additional 10 key quality indicators.

“We’ve proven to ourselves and to the community that we can revolutionize our quality,” said Wayne Sensor, CEO of Alegent Health. “The introduction of the Alegent 30 represents another progressive step in our commitment to patient-centered care, empowering consumers through increased knowledge.”

The Alegent 30 system consists of composite scores for 21 indicators related to heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia, the remaining nine indicators report on various surgical procedures and treatments set forth by the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP). SCIP is a national quality partnership of organizations committed to improving the safety of surgical care through the reduction of postoperative complications.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) currently only requires reporting on 25 quality indicators relating to Heart Failure, AMI and Pneumonia and SCIP.

“As part of our drive to improve, we feel it is important to continually focus on additional areas of care, whether we are required by governing institutes or not,” said Mark Kestner, M.D., vice president and chief quality officer of Alegent Health. “We believe efforts like these are critical to putting consumers where they should be — at the center of the healthcare equation.”

From April 2005 to June 2007, the health system improved the overall quality score on its Alegent 20 indicators from 88 percent to 99 percent. The dramatic rise in quality prompted Alegent Health to include the additional 10 quality indicators to continue to drive quality results to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.

Sensor credited the teamwork of physicians, nurses, other caregivers and management for making quality a priority and adopting the practices and procedures needed to raise Alegent Health’s overall composite quality score.

“Our quality initiative is our most important focus, because it is all about our patients. Our Mission directs us to provide the highest quality care for the body, mind and spirit of all we serve. Everyone at Alegent Health believes in that Mission – from executive leadership to housekeeping – and our patients are benefiting from that dedication,” Sensor

Quality information for Alegent Health and all of its hospitals can be accessed at www.alegent.com.

Alegent Health is the largest not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa with nine acute care hospitals, more than 100 sites of service, over 1,300 physicians on its medical staff and roughly 8,600 employees. Alegent Health is making healthcare better with an exceptional commitment to quality and by providing patient focused care for the body, mind and spirit of every person. At Alegent Health, patients and their families find a continuum of care, from women's and children's services, primary care, wellness counseling, and senior care to cardiovascular services, orthopaedics, oncology, physical rehabilitation and behavioral health. Alegent Health is sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems.

Note: Our methodology for calculating composite scores uses the verified data we report to CMS on 30 quality indicators for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia and SCIP. For each indicator the measure is a success rate expressed as a percentage. This percentage is calculated as the number of patients who actually received a particular treatment (numerator) divided by the number of patients who should have received a particular treatment (denominator). To calculate a composite score for each clinical area, the sum of the numerators for each measure included in the clinical area is divided by the sum of the denominators.