A new pay-for-performance project aims to improve patient safety and quality at approximately 100 hospitals nationwide, Premier announced.
QUEST High Performing Hospitalswhich focuses on quality, efficiency, safety, with transparencyis a three-year program in which participating facilities will develop and share best practices in five areas: mortality ratio, harm avoidance, appropriate care, efficiency and patient satisfaction. The project, which is not part of a CMS demonstration project, builds on Premiers Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration and the Institute for Healthcare Improvements 100,000 Lives and 5 Million Lives campaigns. The IHI is an adviser on the project.
Hospital performance-improvement alliance Premier is recruiting hospitals until Sept. 30, and the program will begin in October. So far, 10 hospitals have signed up.
Ken Davis, chief medical officer at the 750-bed North Mississippi Health System, Tupelo, Miss., said he has been looking for reliable measures. Were very anxious to be involved in this, Davis said. Any single measure does not tell the entire story of performance and in fact could be misleading. But taken in total, these measures can have significant utility for providers, consumers and payers.
The payment pool for third-year monetary awards for hospitals that reach the top quartile is still in development, though Premiers board has approved an undisclosed but noticeable amount toward the rewards program, said Richard Norling, president and CEO of Premier. -- by Rebecca Vesely
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