Thirty-six upstate New York hospitals and health centers were awarded $25.7 million in quality improvement payments last year from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
Hospitals in the Central New York region shared $5.6 million in awards. Included on that short list of winners is Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.
Those awards came as part of Bluecross Blueshields’ performance incentive program, which has paid out more than $282 million since 2005.
In addition to achieving required clinical and patient safety measures in 2018, other nationally endorsed measures and target outcomes were jointly agreed upon by each hospital and the health insurer using benchmarks established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and others.
Areas targeted for 2018 improvement included:
- Clinical Processes of Care – Focused on improvements in diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, and surgical care, and other measures that may be unique to each participating hospital
- Patient Safety – Centered on reductions in hospital-acquired infections, readmissions, and other adverse events or errors that affect patient care
- Patient Satisfaction – Used the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, which is a national, standardized, publicly-reported survey of patients’ perspectives of hospital care