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SCLHS Hospitals Participate in CMS Pay-for-Performance Study

August 18, 2009
KANSAS (Aug. 20, 2009) –Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System (SCLHS) As part of the SCLHS Strategic Plan for Ministry, our goal is to achieve top performance in quality and service. One of the ways we work toward this is by participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Premier Inc. pay-for-performance project. The CMS/Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) project tracks process and outcome measures in five clinical areas: • Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) • Heart Failure • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) • Pneumonia • Hip and Knee Replacement Hospitals that deliver higher quality care in these five areas receive monetary rewards from CMS. The purpose of this demonstration is to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care and to test the impact of economic incentives on quality. There are three categories of awards given: • Top Performer -- Top 20 percent of hospitals. • Attainment Performance -- Hospitals that attain or exceed the median level composite quality score. • Top Improver -- Hospitals that attain median level performance and are among the top 20 percent of hospitals with the largest percentage quality improvements. Recently SCLHS received fourth year results from participation in the study. Each of our participating Hospitals received awards this year. Recently SCLHS received fourth year results from participation in the study. Each of our participating Care Sites received awards this year (Saint John’s Health Center did not participate). Providence Medical Center and Saint Mary’s Hospital were Top Performers in Hip and Knee Surgery. St. Vincent Healthcare received Attainment awards in all categories. St. Vincent and St. Francis Health Center were Top Improvers in CABG, and St. Vincent was a Top Improver in heart failure. All of our Hospitals received Attainment awards in at least one category. CMS has extended the HQID project for an additional three years. Through this project, Premier collects a set of 30 evidence-based clinical quality measures from over 250 hospitals nationwide. 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. For more information about the indicators, and complete information about the HQID project visit www.qualitydemo.com. ### About SCLHS: The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System owns nine hospitals and four clinics for the uninsured in four states (California, Colorado, Kansas and Montana). The health system is dedicated to improving the health of the individuals and communities they serve, especially those who are poor or vulnerable. SCLHS is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more visit www.sclhealthsystem.org