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Medicare Honors St. Vincent Healthcare with 8 Achievements

August 18, 2009

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recognized St. Vincent Healthcare for delivering high quality care to its patients in five key clinical areas.

The Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) project has awarded St. Vincent Healthcare with 8 Awards in all five clinical areas of: Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, CABG and Hip and Knee Surgery.

“Providing outstanding patient care and compassion has always been our primary mission,” said Maryann Reese, St. Vincent Healthcare COO. “Our successes in this project are a testament to our ongoing efforts to continue and improve the high quality of care we offer our patients.”

“The successes of the hospitals – small and large, urban and rural, teaching and non-teaching – in the HQID project have led to its consideration as the basis for key national health reforms,” said Susan DeVore, Premier President and CEO. “As the proposal of a national value-base purchasing program becomes a reality, hospitals participating in HQID will have six years experience with such a model.”

About the HQID project

The HQID is the first national project of its kind, designed to reward economic incentives to hospitals 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 almost 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.

Due to its successes, St. Vincent Healthcare will receive a bonus payment of $83, 810 from CMS, which awarded incentive payments of approximately $12 million to 112 hospitals. Overall, 206 awards were given to these top-performing hospitals in the third year of the project.

Improvements in quality of care saved an estimated 2,500 acute myocardial infarction (AMI/heart attack) patients across the first three years of the project, according to an analysis of mortality rates at hospitals participating in the project. In addition, patients received approximately 300,000 additional recommended evidence-based clinical quality measures, such as smoking cessation, discharge instructions and pneumococcal vaccination, during that same timeframe.

For hospitals participating in the HQID project, the average Composite Quality Score (CQS), an aggregate of all quality measures within each clinical area, improved by 4.4 percent between the project’s second and third year for total gains of 15.8 percent over the project’s first three years.

About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

The Premier healthcare alliance is more than 2,100 U.S. hospitals and 58,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to improve healthcare quality and affordability. Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Premier has offices in San Diego, Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington.

About St. Vincent Healthcare

St. Vincent Healthcare is a comprehensive system of award-winning healthcare services located in Billings, Montana. St. Vincent is a regional destination hospital which serves a four-state area and more than 900,000 people each year. A comprehensive range of services include a Level II trauma Center, cardiothoracic and vascular medicine, comprehensive cancer services, family-centered maternal and child health – a Level III B NICU & Pediatric Intensive Care Unit – neurosurgery, orthopedics and the region’s most advanced diagnostic services. St. Vincent Healthcare is part of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System. St. Vincent Healthcare’s quality, mission-driven, charitable healthcare has been in existence for more than 110 years. To learn more about St. Vincent Healthcare, visit www.svh-mt.org.