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Aurora Health Care top performer in nationwide pay for performance collaborative

November 22, 2010

QUEST project serves as proving ground for health delivery system reforms; Participant hospitals save 22,164 lives, $2.13 billion in two years

Milwaukee, Wi. – Aurora Health Care has been recognized for achieving top performance standards in quality and cost-effective care in a voluntary, nationwide hospital performance improvement project. Aurora had more top performing hospitals than any other system. This is the second consecutive year that Aurora has achieved this honor.

“Improving quality is an ongoing commitment for us at Aurora,” says Nick Turkal, MD, Aurora’s president and CEO. “It is an important part of our value equation and a proven way to contain costs. QUEST shows that improving quality works to control costs."

A three-year project, QUEST is made up of 157 not-for-profit hospitals across 35 states, including urban/rural, large/small and teaching/non-teaching facilities. In the first two years of the project, participants have increased the delivery of every recommended patient care measure by 12.8 percent, delivering perfect care 90.5 percent of the time. In doing so, QUEST hospitals have:

  • Saved an estimated 22,164 lives, nearly three times the lives saved in year one.
  • Reduced inflation adjusted costs by $2.13 billion or $400 per patient, saving more than 3.5 times that achieved in year one.

According to an analysis, if all hospitals in the nation could achieve results comparable to the QUEST members, an additional 63,801 lives and $22.6 billion could be saved.

Aurora achieved top performance in the following performance goals:
• Safely reduce the cost of care for each patient's hospitalization.
• Save lives by eliminating avoidable hospital mortalities.
• Deliver the most reliable and effective care - every recommended evidence-based care measure to every patient every time.

Seven Aurora hospitals were top performers in all areas for year two. They are Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Aurora Medical Center Kenosha, Aurora Medical Center Manitowoc County, Aurora Oshkosh Medical Center, Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Aurora Sinai Medical Center and Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore.

Developed in partnership with Premier and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), QUEST is designed to support hospitals in reaching new levels of performance and inform public policies with meaningful solutions supported by real results. Together, QUEST hospitals share ideas and best practices to create effective strategies for reducing variation, an approach that has shown to support care quality, safety and cost improvements.

“QUEST hospitals are challenged to overcome process failures and excessive costs, and measure themselves against one another to achieve top performance,” says Susan DeVore, Premier president and CEO. “They have committed to serve as a test bed, identifying areas where further improvements are needed while showing what is possible in performance improvement in healthcare. Providers such as Aurora are setting the standard for top quality care.”

QUEST also benefits from an Advisory Panel of experts from 20 of the country's top health organizations, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, National Quality Forum, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,400 U.S. hospitals and 70,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to achieve high quality, cost-effective care.

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

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