Learn How Top Incentive-Earning Hospitals in CMS Quality Initiative Built Best Practices in Performance Improvement

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Top 2006 incentive earners in CMS' Premier Hospital Quality Improvement Demonstration program will share processes that translate into performance improvement and cash bonuses during an April 18, 2007 audio conference sponsored by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

Top 2006 incentive earners in CMS' Premier Hospital Quality Improvement Demonstration program will share processes that translate into performance improvement and cash bonuses during an April 18, 2007 audio conference sponsored by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

NEWS FACTS:

  • Of the 260 hospitals participating in the Hospital Quality Demonstration program, fewer than half shared in $8.6 million in recently awarded bonus payments: Three top program performers, including the top-earning-hospital for two years running, will document their successes in performance improvement during an April 18, 2007 audio conference sponsored by the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN).
  • During How to Structure a Healthcare Performance Improvement Process That Results in Incentive Payments, these quality leaders will report from the trenches of hospital quality improvement, relating how retooling processes, upgrading technology, courting the C-suite and engaging doctors and nurses helped earn them top bonuses in an ongoing hospital quality initiative. For conference details, please visit http://www.hin.com/cgi-local/link/news/pl.cgi?hospitalperformancepr
  • The Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN) is sponsoring the 90-minute live interactive audio conference, which will highlight the efforts of hospitals on the forefront of quality improvement.
  • Scheduled speakers: Jim Benté, vice president of quality and organizational development at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL; Regina Berman, administrative director for performance improvement at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, the leading performer for two straight years; and Elizabeth Popwell, vice president of systems management at Cleveland County Healthcare System.
  • Conference highlights: Establishing executive support to create and sustain a clinical performance program; fostering a culture of quality across all departments; making the internal changes needed to support a performance improvement program; creating a concurrent chart review program; operationalizing improvements from the PFP pilot; monitoring real-time key processes; and dedicating appropriate resources for performance improvement programs.
  • Target Audience: CEOs, CFOs, chief medical officers, chief nursing officers, medical directors, quality improvement executives, performance improvement executives, disease management directors, managers and coordinators, health plan executives, care management nurses, strategic planning directors and human resources executives.
  • Audio Conference formats: 90-minute live audio conference on April 18, 2007 includes a 30-minute Q&A; "On-Demand" rebroadcast available April 20, 2007; 90-minute recording on CD-ROM with printed transcript available May 10, 2007. For conference details, please visit http://www.hin.com/cgi-local/link/news/pl.cgi?hospitalperformancepr

QUOTES ATTRIBUTABLE TO MELANIE MATTHEWS, HIN EXECUTIVE VP AND COO:

"The Congressional mandate for Medicare to develop a plan to implement 'value-based purchasing,' which ties payment to quality of care and other outcomes, is just two years away," stated Melanie Matthews, HIN executive vice president and chief operating officer. "In the meantime, the experiences of these top-performing hospitals can serve as a primer for all healthcare organizations wishing to improve both quality of care and cost-effectiveness."

Please contact Patricia Donovan to arrange an interview or to obtain additional quotes.

About the Healthcare Intelligence Network - HIN is the premier advisory service for executives seeking high-quality strategic information on the business of healthcare. For more information, contact the Healthcare Intelligence Network, PO Box 1442, Wall Township, NJ 07719-1442, (888) 446-3530, fax (732) 292-3073 or visit http://www.hin.com.'

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