Providing high-quality patient care is the cornerstone of what we do. Our quality initiatives are continually measured and reported through national projects or agencies and compared to national standards.
One of the most significant quality studies we have been involved in is the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) launched in October 2003 by the Premier health care alliance and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The project is comprised of approximately 250 hospitals in 36 states. The first national project of its kind, the HQID project was designed to determine if economic incentives to hospitals are effective at improving the quality of inpatient care. All Aurora hospitals are participating in the study, and for the second year in a row, Aurora was the top performing health care system in the U.S. in 2009.
Four-year results have shown significantly improved quality among the study participants. Reductions in complications, mortality and length of stay have resulted in reduced health care costs of $1 billion among the 250 participants. As the top performer in the country, Aurora has contributed significantly to these results.
Also in 2009, five Aurora hospitals were recognized by the QUEST: High-Performing Hospitals initiative. Aurora hospitals were top performers in this national quality and safety initiative, further evidencing the impact of our quality improvement efforts to save lives while reducing costs.