Join, Follow & Connect
Join Modern Healthcare's LinkedIn group Follow Modern Healthcare on Twitter Join Modern Healthcare's Facebook group Follow Modern Healthcare's Pinterest board Modern Healthcare's Flickr page Modern Healthcare's YouTube Channel Get a Modern Healthcare news feed

 
Comment Buy Reprints Print Article Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email this page to a colleague
Healthcare Business News
 

Ga. hospitals team up seeking quality gains, lower costs


By Beth Kutscher
Posted: December 12, 2012 - 6:00 pm ET
Tags:

Nine Georgia hospitals are working together as part of a statewide collaborative that will compare surgical outcomes and ultimately attempt to reduce healthcare costs.

The initiative follows similar efforts in Tennessee and Michigan with some early evidence suggesting that these groups can be successful in saving hospitals money.

Advertisement | View Media Kit

 

Similar groups are also working on a national level, such as a multihospital collaborative that was formed in 2010 with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

The Georgia collaborative—which will grow to 14 hospitals next year—will be led by the state chapter of the American College of Surgeons. The ACS unveiled the program today at its Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Georgia, an event that is part of a series focused on improving quality of care.

It will use information from the ACS' National Surgical Quality Improvement Program to compare surgical outcomes against other participating hospitals as well as nationally. A news release about the program cited a study in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, which found that hospitals that used data from the quality-improvement program each prevented an average of 250-500 complications per year, at a savings of about $3 million per hospital.

Similarly, a study published in the same journal in January found that the 10-hospital Tennessee collaborative saved $2.2 million per 10,000 general and vascular surgery cases when comparing 2010 data with 2009 figures.

The hospitals participating in the Georgia Collaborative are Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah; Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon; Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Dalton; Emory University Hospital and Piedmont Hospital, both in Atlanta; and four WellStar Health System facilities, Cobb Hospital, Austell; Douglas Hospital, Douglasville; Kennestone, Marietta; and Paulding Hospital, Dallas.


What do you think?

Share your opinion. Send a letter to the Editor or Post a comment below.

Post a comment

Loading Comments Loading comments...

Search ModernHealthcare.com:


 

Switch to the new Modern Healthcare Daily News app

For the best experience of ModernHealthcare.com on your iPad, switch to the new Modern Healthcare app — it's optimized for your device but there is no need to download.