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Aurora Health Care among top 50 health systems based on quality and efficiency of care

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thompson Reuters analyzed data from 252 health systems

Milwaukee, Wis. - Aurora Health Care ranks among the top 50 health systems in the U.S., according to a study of clinical performance by Thomson Reuters.

Researchers from the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals program analyzed the quality and efficiency of 252 health systems and found statistically significant differences between top and bottom performers in several key areas. The best-performing health systems had 25 percent lower mortality, 19 percent fewer medical complications, and 13 percent fewer patient safety incidents, even though their patients were sicker and their average hospital stays were significantly shorter.

Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters, said this study sets national benchmarks for health system quality and efficiency and extends transparency regarding the performance of health care organizations from hospitals to health systems.

"The development of national benchmarks provides health system boards and executives with an objective assessment of the care they provided to their communities and patients, relative to others across the nation," Chenoweth said. "This provides the basis for a serious discussion about the role and responsibility of the health system in assuring quality and efficiency to each community in which a hospital carries the health system brand."

Researchers from the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals program have analyzed and reported on the performance of individual hospitals since 1993. This latest study marks the first time they have assessed the relative quality and efficiency of inpatient care by health systems as single entities.

All U.S. health systems with two or more short-term, general, non-federal hospitals were assessed. Researchers looked at five metrics that gauge clinical quality and efficiency: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, and adherence to clinical standards of care (evidence-based core measures published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).The study relied on public data from the 2006 and 2007 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data and the CMS Hospital Compare data sets.

Thomson Reuters did not rank the 50 top-performing health systems 1 to 50 but rather simply listed them alphabetically.

About Aurora Health Care

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers care at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Sue Pierman

Phone: 414-647-6432


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