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November 2, 2011 08:59 AM
Hackensack, NJ (November 2, 2011) – Hackensack University Medical Center has been named a top performer in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Premier healthcare alliance value-based purchasing (VBP) project that rewards hospitals for delivering high quality care in six clinical areas.

Based on year six results from the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration™ (HQID) project, HackensackUMC received three awards for Top Performance in the clinical areas of acute myocardial infarction, hip and knee replacement, and pneumonia; and Attainment in the clinical areas of acute myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass graft, heart failure, pneumonia, hip and knee replacement, and Surgical Care Improvement Project.

Due to its successes, HackensackUMC will receive a bonus payment of $186,327 from CMS, which awarded incentive payments of approximately $12 million to 211 hospitals.

Over the course of the project’s six years, HackensackUMC has received 38 overall awards, resulting in $2,498,603 – more than $1 million more than the next facility. CMS has awarded more than $60 million throughout all six years of the project.

“Our efforts to lead the pursuit of excellence in healthcare are based on our commitment to providing outstanding quality care to our patients,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of HackensackUMC. “Our accomplishments and successes in this project reflect our focus of constantly figuring out ways to improve care delivery.”

“HQID tests the impact of economic incentives on quality,” said Susan DeVore, president and chief executive officer of Premier, a healthcare quality and cost improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 77,000-plus other healthcare sites. “Supporting the Affordable Care Act, HQID members will now have six years of experience in using a value-based purchasing model.”

About the HQID project
HQID is the first national project of its kind, designed to determine if economic incentives to hospitals are effective at improving the quality of inpatient care. In the project’s sixth year, Premier collected a set of more than 30 evidence-based clinical quality measures from 216 hospitals across the country. The quality measures were developed by government and private organizations (for more information on the indicators, visit

HQID tracks process and outcome measures in six clinical areas: acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), pneumonia, hip and knee replacement, and Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP).

Improvements in quality of care saved an estimated 8,500 acute myocardial infarction (AMI/heart attack) patients in six years, according to a Premier analysis of mortality rates at participating hospitals. The nearly 3 million patients treated in the six clinical areas at the participating hospitals also received approximately 962,540 additional evidence-based clinical measures, such as the proper administration of aspirin, beta blockers and antibiotics.

For HQID hospitals, the average Composite Quality Score (CQS), an aggregate of all process and outcomes measures within each clinical area, improved by 18.6 percent over the project’s six years. Examples of the measures include the proper administering of aspirin, beta blockers and antibiotics; and readmission and mortality rates.

Additional research by Premier using the Hospital Compare dataset showed that, by September 2009, HQID participants scored on average 5.44 percentage points higher (95.64 percent to 90.2 percent) than non-participants when evaluating 25 common Hospital Compare measures.

Award criteria – All awards are based on the change in the hospital CQS in the performance year compared to two years prior (year 3 to year 6).
  1. Attainment Award – Hospitals that attain or exceed the median level CQS benchmark from two years prior will receive an incentive payment.
  2. Top Performance Award –The top 20 percent of hospitals in each clinical area will receive an additional incentive payment. This group will receive the Attainment Award as well.
  3. Top Improvement Award – Hospitals that attain median level performance and are among the top 20 percent of hospitals with the largest percentage quality improvements in each clinical area will receive an additional incentive payment.
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 77,000-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.

About HackensackUMC
HackensackUMC is a 775-bed not-for-profit, tertiary care, teaching and research hospital and provides the largest number of admissions in New Jersey. Founded in 1888 with 12 beds and as Bergen County's first hospital, HackensackUMC demonstrated more than a century of growth and progress. Hackensack University Medical Center is a nationally recognized healthcare organization offering patients the most comprehensive services, state-of-the-art technologies, and facilities. Honors include being named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades® for five years in a row. HackensackUMC is the only hospital in New Jersey, New York, and New England to receive this honor for five consecutive years. HackensackUMC was also named one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker's Hospital Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked HackensackUMC eighth in the New York Metro Area in its first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, giving it the top ranking out of all the New Jersey hospitals listed. Additionally, HackensackUMC has been ranked in geriatrics, heart and heart surgery, and cancer in U.S. News & World Report's 2011-12 Best Hospitals. The U.S. News Media Group also named the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital to its “2011-12 Best Children’s Hospitals” list – ranking as one of the top 50 in the specialty of neurology and neurosurgery – the first hospital in the State of New Jersey ever to be ranked in a Best Children’s Hospitals specialty. HackensackUMC is a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence, first in New Jersey, second in the nation, receiving its fourth designation in April 2009. HackensackUMC is the hometown hospital of the New York Giants and the New Jersey Nets.


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