Cape Cod Healthcare Named One of America’s Top 15 Hospitals
Cape Cod Healthcare has been named one of the nation’s top 15 health systems by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Truven Health Analytics was formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, which named Cape Cod Healthcare as one of its top 10 health systems in the country in 2011.
To identify the top 15 health systems, researchers analyzed the clinical quality and efficiency of more than 300 health systems. The award winners demonstrated top performance in how patients are cared for through clinical measures, and how the hospital performs as an efficient business. CCHC is the parent company of the Cape’s two hospitals, Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis and Falmouth Hospital.
“The health systems honored in this study are creating a culture of quality care and realizing improved outcomes,” said Mike Boswood, chief executive officer at Truven Health Analytics. “We’re proud to recognize their efforts, and encourage other systems to follow their lead of developing system-wide metrics for creating sustainable quality improvements across every level of care.”
The Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals® study results showed that the health systems named to the list of top 15 healthcare systems in the nation provide patients with:
• Better care
• Fewer complications
• Shorter stays
• Improved outcomes
• Reduced readmissions
• High-value, community-based care
“This is an incredible accomplishment by everyone at Cape Cod Healthcare,” said Michael Lauf, President and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare. “Our physicians and hospitals have worked hard to collaborate over the last several years, so that we can bring better care to residents and visitors of Cape Cod. This award is a tribute not only to their effort, but to the entire Cape Cod Healthcare team, who keep patients foremost in everything they do.”
“We, at Cape Cod Healthcare, are focused on being part of the solution to the healthcare crisis in this country,” Mr. Lauf continued. “We believe that by focusing on quality, safety, access, service and process, we will improve care and lower costs. In order to accomplish this, we are clinically integrating with multiple partners in multiple settings, with the aid of information technology. This Truven top 15 distinction is a gratifying endorsement that we are on the right track.”
The Truven study relied on public data from the 2010 and 2011 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data and 2012 CMS Hospital Compare data sets. The top 15 health systems award winners were based solely on this unbiased statistical analysis of public data.
Researchers looked at eight metrics that gauge clinical quality and efficiency: mortality rate, 30-day readmission rate, adherence to clinical standards of care (evidence-based core measures published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and HCAHPS patient survey score (part of a national initiative sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to measure the quality of care in hospitals.)
Healthcare reform requires that hospitals and physicians work together to maintain consistent outcomes in every community, said Jean Chenoweth, Senior Vice President for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. “Health system leaders’ effectiveness will be measured not solely on the performance of the whole system compared to other systems, but also on the leader’s ability to align the performance of the provider segments of the health system to achieve consistency. This new study begins to measure these aspects of performance,” she said.
CCHC was the only healthcare system in New England named to the Truven list. The 15 Top Health Systems study divides the top health systems into three comparison groups based on total operating expense of the member hospitals: Large Health Systems (more than $1.5 billion total operating expense), Medium Health Systems ($750 million-$1.5 billion) and Small Health Systems (less than $750 million). CCHC falls into the Small Health Systems category. Others in the category named to the 15 Top Health Systems are: Asante, Medford, OR; Mercy Health Southwest Ohio Region, Cincinnati, OH; Poudre Valley Health System, Fort Collins, CO; and Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Charleston, SC.
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