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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Quality Data: Pay-for-Performance
10/19/2009

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

While consumers use online hospital quality data to get information about their local hospitals, health care systems use the same data to benchmark and improve quality.

At Texas Health, we are never satisfied with the status quo. That’s why we voluntarily participate in multiple, publicly-reported hospital quality projects. One such project is the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration sponsored by Premier Inc. and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This pay-for-performance project measures quality indicators at 250 hospitals across the country and provides financial incentives for quality improvements. These financial incentives are partially funded by penalties assessed to hospitals not meeting the performance thresholds for the study.

The areas of care measured are: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, and hip and knee surgical services. I’m proud to share that all 12 Texas Health hospitals participating in this project received awards for quality this year on at least one measure.

These awards represent a significant amount of hard work and effort across our health care system to continually raise the bar for the quality of care we provide to the communities we serve.

According to Premier Inc., improvements made in the quality of care across all 250 hospitals in this study saved the lives of an estimated 4,700 heart attack patients during its first four years.

For more information, go to PremierInc.com and click on “Improving Quality and Safety.”

For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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