Studies Cite Quality Commitment to Patients at Every Level
OMAHA, Neb. (June 20, 2008) – Hard on the heels of being recognized as a national leader in quality of patient care and topping the list of America’s hospital networks in a study conducted by The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), Alegent Health today announced that its hospitals have also been named top performers in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Premier healthcare alliance pay-for-performance (P4P) project. This project rewards hospitals for delivering higher quality care in five key clinical areas.
“These two outstanding achievements reflect a commitment to the highest standard of patient care in the industry from everyone at Alegent,” observed Wayne Sensor, CEO of Alegent Health. “Three years ago, we set out to revolutionize patient care by openly reporting our quality scores and costs. We found that by doing that, our quality scores soared and patients were put in the center of all we do. These results tell me, it is clear we are living our commitment.”
The CMS Premier healthcare alliance pay-for-performance project rewards individual hospitals for delivering higher quality care in five clinical areas, including acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), pneumonia and hip and knee replacement. Based on third-year results from the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) project, the four Alegent Health hospitals that took part in the study ranked in the top 10 percent for overall quality in the clinical areas of heart failure, pneumonia, and hip and knee replacement and in the top 20 percent in heart attack. All of Alegent Health’s hospitals’ scores were above 94 percent with most scores in the 97 to 99 percent range, including Lakeside Hospital, which is part of the project but not eligible for monetary awards because it wasn’t open when the project started in 2004.
Due to its successes, Alegent Health will receive a bonus payment of more $300,000 from CMS, which awarded incentive payments of more than $7 million to 112 hospitals. Overall, 206 awards were given to these top performing hospitals in the third year of the project.
”All four of the Alegent Health hospitals participating in the study have been top performers for all three years,” said Mark Kestner, M.D., vice president and Chief Quality Officer for Alegent Health. “Each year we watched our scores climb and with it the award from CMS.”
“Hospitals participating in the HQID project make quality a top priority from the hospital board on down,” said Stephanie Alexander, Premier senior vice president.
Participation in the HQID study is voluntary. Alegent Health is one of two Nebraska health systems and one of two Iowa health systems participating in the study and the only one in both states to receive CMS incentives.
In addition to the top HQID scores, Alegent Health ranked number one in the nation in the NRHI study, which analyzed the clinical quality scores from CMS and patient satisfaction scores reported in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). That study looked at 121 health care systems operating four or more hospitals. The Mayo Clinic of Minnesota was second.
Calling the two studies’ results affirmation of Alegent Health’s commitment to quality patient care, Sensor noted that these types of quality outcomes can only happen when the entire team remains focused on the well-being of the patient. “Taking care of people’s health is a privilege and we take it very seriously,” said Sensor.
About the HQID project
The HQID is the first national project of its kind, designed to determine if economic incentives to hospitals are effective at improving the quality of inpatient care. Through the project, which has been extended by CMS for an additional three years, Premier collects a set of more than 30 evidence-based clinical quality measures from over 250 hospitals across the country. The quality measures were developed by government and private organizations (for more information on the indicators, visit: www.qualitydemo.com).
HQID tracks process and outcome measures in five clinical areas – acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), pneumonia, and hip and knee replacement.
About Alegent Health
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 9,000 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 consistent with its faith-based mission. Alegent Health continues the health ministry begun by its sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems, more than a hundred years ago. 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 online at www.alegent.com.
About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
Serving more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals and 50,000 other healthcare sites, the Premier healthcare alliance and its members are transforming healthcare together. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates one of the leading healthcare purchasing networks and the nation's most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information. A subsidiary operates one of the nation's largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups. A world leader in helping healthcare providers deliver dramatic improvements in care, Premier is working with the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington. For more information, visit www.premierinc.com.