|[April 16, 2012]
Adventist Health System Joins National Programs Focused on Preventing Harm, Reducing Costs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. --(Business Wire)--
Health System has taken steps to improve care for the 4 million
people it serves each year by joining a pair of programs focused on
enhancing the quality, safety and affordability of America's healthcare.
Nearly 40 Adventist Health System hospitals across several states have
chosen to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
for Patients program with Premier, a nationwide healthcare
performance improvement alliance. With 540 hospitals participating,
Premier is the second largest of 26 Hospital Engagement Networks
approved by CMS.
Partnership for Patients will help identify the solutions already
working to reduce hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), and share them
with providers across the nation. It offers support to physicians,
nurses and other clinicians working to keep patients from getting
injured or acquiring infections while in the hospital so they can heal
Specifically, hospitals focus on reducing preventable harm, including
preventable readmissions, by 20 percent and preventable HACs by 40
percent by the end of 2013. In doing so, CMS estimates the partnership
has the potential to, over the next three years:
Save 60,000 lives;
Reduce millions of preventable injuries and complications in patient
Save as much as $35 billion, including up to $10 billion in savings to
The nearly 40 Adventist Health System hospitals have also joined
High Performing Hospitals collaborative. In QUEST's first three years,
157 hospitals saved 24,820 lives and reduced healthcare spending by
almost $4.5 billion. Now the growing number of more than 300 hospitals
in QUEST are working together to make data-driven, evidence-based
decisions in care delivery. The goal is to improve the patient
experience and avoid harm while reducing mortality, cost of care and
"Both QUEST and the Partnership for Patients offer significant value and
improvement strategies that align with national priorities, federal
policies and future reimbursement, which increasingly will tie payment
to performance," said Adventist Health System President and CEO Donald
L. Jernigan, Ph.D.
Loran Hauck, chief medical officer of Adventist Health System,
added, "Our participation in these programs shows our commitment to
providing a safer, more effective care delivery system, and aligns with
our focus on continuously improving patient outcomes."
"The Premier alliance has long been instituting unique innovations to
identify solutions in areas such as harm avoidance," said Senior Vice
President of Premier Performance Partners Wes
Champion. "Collaboration is a powerful step for providers to truly
challenge their performance and implement change that improves their way
to better outcomes and ultimately a healthier community."
QUEST hospitals set national care standards by transparently analyzing
and comparing performance to identify and implement opportunities for
improvement. They also leverage comprehensive data from Premier's
clinical comparative database - the nation's largest, with one in four
Adventist Health System hospitals use Premier's QualityAdvisor™
application to integrate and compare quality, safety and financial data
to identify improvement opportunities, understand drivers for variation
and monitor quality of care.
In addition, more than 350 hospital members of PACT™
(Premier's Partnership for Care Transformation), including 13 Adventist
Health System hospitals in Florida and Illinois, are working together to
develop and prepare for future care delivery models.
Adventist Health System has been a Premier member for more than 15 years
and leverages the alliance's national purchasing network to identify
savings opportunities, which helped its hospitals, alternate sites and
affiliate members save nearly $32 million last year.
About Adventist Health System
Adventist Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization that
emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist
Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant
healthcare provider in the nation. Today Adventist Health System
supports 43 campuses and employs 55,000 people. Adventist Health System
hospitals are composed of 7,700-plus licensed beds, providing care for 4
million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room
visits. Adventist Health System's flagship, Florida Hospital, is one of
the largest healthcare providers in America and a national leader in
cardiac care. Established in 1908, Florida Hospital now includes almost
2,200 beds on eight campuses. http://www.adventisthealthsystem.com.
About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National
Quality Award recipient
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S.
hospitals and 81,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of
collaboration to lead the transformation to high-quality, cost-effective
care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier
maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical,
financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare
purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable
improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North
West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.,
Premier also has an office in Washington. https://premierinc.com.
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