|Quality Paying Off For North Shore-LIJ Hospitals
Nine North Shore-LIJ Health System hospitals received
about $767,000 in incentives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) for excelling in key clinical areas of patient health.
The hospitals serve metropolitan New York.
North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., was
not only the biggest winner within the North Shore system but the
biggest winner nationwide, awarded almost $227,000, the highest payment
to any of the nation’s 247 hospitals participating in the
program, the hospital said.
CMS set care benchmarks in five clinical areas: acute
myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass graft, heart failure,
community-acquired pneumonia, and hip and knee replacement and measured
hospital performance against those benchmarks.
Each of the nine North Shore hospitals won an award in at least two categories.
Staten Island University Hospital won nine awards, including at least one in each clinical area.
"As evidenced by the national debate over healthcare
reform, there’s an emerging model of care in which patient
outcomes will be tied to reimbursement," said Dr. Kenneth J. Abrams,
North Shore-LIJ’s senior vice president of clinical operations
and chief quality officer.
The hospital quality of care information gathered
through the initiative is available to consumers on the Hospital
Compare Web site at www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov.
For more information on North Shore-LIJ Health System, visit www.northshorelij.com.