7 Quality of Care Investments That Earned Marshfield Clinic $15.83 Million in Shared Savings

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Marshfield Clinic, one of 10 participants in the CMS Physician Group Practice Demonstration, invested in seven key areas to improve quality of care delivered to patients. Marshfield Clinic was one of four participants to generate significant savings under the terms of the demonstration that resulted in a $15.83 million performance payment.

The key quality of care investment areas are:

  • A well-developed electronic health record (EHR). All clinic physicians have access to patient records from all clinic centers through the EHR, which helps to eliminate duplication of services, like lab tests and imaging. The EHR helps plan visits, addresses care at the time of the visit, and assures that appropriate monitoring of chronic conditions is performed.
  • 24-7 telephone nurse line for advice and triage for patients who have their primary care provider within the Marshfield Clinic system;
  • Anticoagulation clinic;
  • Congestive heart failure clinic programs;
  • Cholesterol management programs;
  • Well-established telemedicine initiative;

Marshfield Clinic was one of four to generate significant savings under the terms of the demonstration that resulted in a performance payment. Marshfield Clinic is one of only two out of the 10 large physician group practices to achieve shared savings in each of the five performance years.

The Marshfield Clinic system provides patient care, research and education with 54 locations in northern, central and western Wisconsin, making it one of the largest comprehensive medical systems in the United States.

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