Elmhurst Memorial Hospital earns recognition in national quality study
For immediate release, January 4, 2012
Kyle Bauer, Public Relations Manager, 630-993-5702
ELMHURST – Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (EMH) was recently named a top performer in a national study that rewards hospitals for delivering high quality care in a number of clinical areas. EMH received four awards in the sixth year of the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration™ (HQID), a value-based purchasing project conducted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Premier healthcare alliance.
EMH earned the Top Performer award for being among the top 20 percent of participating hospitals in providing care to acute myocardial infarction and heart failure patients. In addition, the Hospital received the Improvement Award for its care of pneumonia and hip and knee replacement patients. The recognition was earned for attaining median level performance with the largest quality improvements. EMH also received the Attainment Award for surgical care improvement project for exceeding median level composite quality score benchmark from two years prior.
“Providing outstanding patient care has always been our primary mission,” said Connie Parker, M.D., EMH’s Vice President of Medical Affairs. “Our successes in this project are a testament to ongoing efforts to improve care delivery.”
“HQID tests the impact of economic incentives on quality,” said Susan DeVore, president and CEO of Premier, a healthcare quality and cost improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 77,000-plus other healthcare sites. “Supporting the Affordable Care Act, HQID members will now have six years of experience in using a value-based purchasing model.”
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. In the project’s sixth year, Premier collected a set of more than 30 evidence-based clinical quality measures from 216 hospitals across the country. The quality measures were developed by government and private organizations.
HQID tracks process and outcome measures in six clinical areas: acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), pneumonia, hip and knee replacement, and Surgical Care Improvement Project(SCIP).
Improvements in quality of care saved an estimated 8,500 acute myocardial infarction patients in six years, according to a Premier analysis of mortality rates at participating hospitals. The nearly 3 million patients treated in the six clinical areas at the participating hospitals also received approximately 962,540 additional evidence-based clinical measures, such as the proper administration of aspirin, beta blockers and antibiotics.
For HQID hospitals, the average Composite Quality Score, an aggregate of all process and outcomes measures within each clinical area, improved by 18.6 percent over the project’s six years. Examples of the measures include the proper administering of aspirin, beta blockers and antibiotics; and readmission and mortality rates.
About the Premier Healthcare Alliance
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 77,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, 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 has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom’s National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington.