VAN NUYS, Calif.—Valley Presbyterian Hospital has opened an Amputation Prevention Center, one of the nation's only facilities dedicated to limb preservation. The center teams up podiatrists and vascular surgeons to treat the growing number of patients with advanced diabetes who require specialized limb treatment to avoid amputation. About one out of 10 Californians has diabetes. Related nerve and circulation problems increase the risk of foot or leg problems that require amputation.
Regional News/West: Valley Presbyterian Hospital opens Amputation Prevention Center, and other news
The 4,000-square-foot center includes leading technology such as a hydroscalpel to treat foot wounds, 3-D wound cameras, skin oxygen sensors, thermal imagining and a specially designed operating room suite. The center officially opened March 17. “This center represents a major advancement in this crucially needed area and brings together some of the very best talent, teamwork and tools in the country,” Gustavo Valdespino, president and CEO of the 350-bed Valley Presbyterian, said in a news release.
HONOLULU—The Hawaii Medical Service Association and the two-hospital Queen’s Health System have agreed to a three-year contract that rewards the hospital system for quality and safety. HMSA is Hawaii’s not-for-profit Blues plan. The agreement allows the state’s largest private insurer to move away from a traditional fee-for-service model and toward a pay-for-quality model. The Queen’s Health System, a large hospital system on the Hawaiian Islands, will be reimbursed based on coordinating patient care, improving health outcomes and controlling costs. The contract, which started April 1, scores the Queen’s Health System on 15 metrics, including readmissions and patient satisfaction. About a quarter of the system’s patients are covered by HMSA, or about 7,000 inpatient visits and 60,000 outpatient visits annually. “This is not really a change in direction for Queen’s, it’s a change in direction on how we get paid,” said Rick Keene, chief financial officer of the Queen’s Health System. HMSA plans to roll out the pay-for-quality contract to other providers. Robert Hiam, HMSA president and CEO, said in a news release that “outcomes-based reimbursement model has become more prevalent because it puts the focus on the patient and aims to deliver the right care in the right setting at the right time.”
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