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Updated: March 9, 2010
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.


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