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Bon Secours Health System Takes Top Awards in HQID Project

Marriottsville, Md. (November 3, 2011) — Bon Secours Health System received 70 awards in the sixth year of the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) project, the most of any health system in the project. The HQID project, implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Premier healthcare alliance, rewards hospitals for delivering high quality care in six clinical areas.

Among Bon Secours Health System’s awards, Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville, Va., received 12 of 12 awards, one of two hospitals in the project to receive all possible awards. In addition, the hospital received six Top Performer awards for the second year in a row, the only hospital to achieve this. St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Va., received 10 awards.

In Hampton Roads, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center located in Portsmouth, Va. received six awards: two top performer awards for AMI and HF; three attainment awards for AMI, HF and SCIP; and a top improvement award for CABG.  Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center located in Norfolk, Va. received three attainment awards for HF, PN and SCIP, and Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, Va. received an attainment award for SCIP.      

Bon Secours Health System has received a total of 245 awards over the course of the project’s six years. As a result of its successes, the system receives bonus payments from CMS. Across the United States this year, CMS awarded incentive payments totaling about $12 million to 211 hospitals.

HQID seeks 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. HQID tracks process and outcome measures in six clinical areas: acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft, pneumonia, hip and knee replacement, and Surgical Care Improvement Project.

Bon Secours Health System, headquartered in Marriottsville, Md., a $3 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system, owns, manages or joint ventures 18 acute-care hospitals, one psychiatric hospital, five nursing care facilities, four assisted living facilities and 14 home care and hospice programs. Bon Secours’ more than 21,000 employees help people in six states: Maryland, Virginia, Florida, New York, South Carolina and Kentucky. Visit www.bshsi.org for more information.

About the HQID project
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 (for more information on the indicators, visit www.qualitydemo.com).

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 (AMI/heart attack) 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 (CQS), 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.

Additional research by Premier using the Hospital Compare dataset showed that, by September 2009, HQID participants scored on average 5.44 percentage points higher (95.64 percent to 90.2 percent) than non-participants when evaluating 25 common Hospital Compare measures.

Award criteria – All awards are based on the change in the hospital CQS in the performance year compared to two years prior (year 3 to year 6).

  1. Attainment Award – Hospitals that attain or exceed the median level CQS benchmark from two years prior will receive an incentive payment.
  2. Top Performance Award –The top 20 percent of hospitals in each clinical area will receive an additional incentive payment. This group will receive the Attainment Award as well.
  3. Top Improvement Award – Hospitals that attain median level performance and are among the top 20 percent of hospitals with the largest percentage quality improvements in each clinical area will receive an additional incentive payment.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
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. http://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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