VOLUME 2 - ISSUE 16
FEBRUARY 24, 2012



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This issue sponsored by the Pay for Performance Summit



Quality Health Newtwork to Provide Health Care Providers with New Registry Services to Help Pay-for-Performance
QHN's quality improvement-focused efforts facilitate the exchange of data by its participants to support population health management, care coordination, pay-for-performance, and other quality improvement initiatives. QHN is rapidly expanding throughout Western Colorado with more than 175 health care facilities currently utilizing its services. QHN is a member of the Colorado Beacon Consortium -- one of 17 communities designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and funded by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to model best practices in the use of Health Information Technology (News Medical - February 23, 2012).

Are Health CIOs Ready For Pay For Performance?
According to a new report published by CSC's Global Institute for Emerging Healthcare Practice, Health IT executives at hospitals and physicians' offices should start working now to implement technology that fosters greater patient engagement, enhances patient care coordination, and advances their organizations' ability to electronically capture data for quality reporting--all three of which providers will need to compete in the upcoming pay-for-performance market. (InformationWeek - February 9, 2012)

Sky Lakes Medical Center Selects CRG emPerform to help Recognize and Reward Employee Performance
CRG emPerform is one of a variety of different technologies that comes standard with compensation management functionality that automates pay-for-performance decisions. Performance data from online appraisal forms can be used for succession planning, goal setting, and for fostering a high-performing talent base by properly recognizing and rewarding employee performance.(World News Report - February 15, 2012)

Dialysis at Pella Regional Rewarded as Part of Pay for Performance
As part of the Accountable Care Act, Dialysis at Pella Regional Health Center is being rewarded for meeting all required guidelines of the Pay for Performance measure which is being implemented for dialysis centers in 2012. Nearly 54% of the nation's dialysis centers are being penalized based on the quality of the services they provide. Penalties range anywhere from 0.5-2% reduction to the amount of reimbursement that could be received through Medicare or Medicaid. Pella Regional will continue to be funded at the full rate without any penalty. (Journal Express - February 20, 2012)

Pay For Performance: Make Healthcare Metrics Count
Pay for performance requires that providers be able to prove they've improved patient outcomes in a range of areas. To do that, healthcare organizations must be able to provide detailed performance data that demonstrates they're offering effective care at the most reasonable price, and that they're improving care over time. Collecting and analyzing the required data isn't going to be easy. This article offers a look at what's involved and ways to make it easier. (InformationWeek - January 30, 2012)

With Growth of Pay-for-Performance, Perioperative IT Sees Significant Growth in Anesthesia Information Management Systems
For the average hospital, the perioperative environment accounts for 70% of a hospital's revenue, 60% of its margin, and more than 50% of medical errors. With cuts in government programs, pay for performance and multiple other reimbursement challenges organizations of all sizes are looking to the surgical services area to reduce costs, improve care and maximize margin where possible to fund less profitable programs. Healthcare leaders have consistently communicated that delivering additional operational and clinical efficiencies with respect to the perioperative environment is essential for success. (News Medical - February 21, 2012)

Data is Key to Population Health Management
Managing populations - whether an aggregation of patients or a physical community - is a burgeoning field in healthcare as a way to improve care while containing costs. Many of the IT initiatives currently underway are related to population health in one way or another: electronic health records, meaningful use, interoperability, accountable care organizations, disease state management, pay-for-performance and patient-centered medical home all have elements that relate to managing patients in groups. (Healthcare IT News) - February 17, 2012

Becker's Hospital Review Recognizes Genesis for Integration of Care
As the healthcare industry moves from a fee-for-service model to a pay-for-performance system that focuses on quality patient care, a number of organizations recognized by Becker's Hospital Review have been at the forefront in providing access to an array of health services beyond direct patient care, such as pharmacies, educational opportunities, management companies and health plans. Genesis Health System was the only Iowa-based health system earning the recognition. (Aledo Times Record - February 7, 2012)





The Commonwealth Fund

The mission of The Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.


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Keynote Address: The Journey to High Value Healthcare

Susan Devore
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