Baptist, Geisinger and Banner Among Top Performing Health Systems: Thomson Reuters

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
This post was written by Cheryl Miller

Our congratulations to three frequent contributors to HIN for taking top honors in Thomson Reuters’ annual Best Hospitals list: Banner Health, a leader in ER efficiency, Geisinger Health System, on the forefront of comprehensive primary care, and Baptist Health, a model for bundled payments. These three esteemed health organizations, and 12 others, were singled out from more than 300 organizations for having achieved superior clinical outcomes based on eight metrics that gauge clinical quality and efficiency: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, 30-day mortality rate, 30-day readmission rate, adherence to CMS clinical standards of care, and HCAHPS patient survey score. A full list of the 15 winners can be found in this issue.

At the same time CMS issued its annual report on healthcare spending, showing historically low rates of growth for 2009 and 2010, the HHS has determined that Trustmark Life Insurance Company proposed unreasonable health insurance premium increases in five states, hikes that would affect nearly 10,000 residents. HHS is requiring the insurer to immediately rescind the rates and issue refunds to consumers, or publicly explain their refusal to do so. The ACA requires that insurance companies disclose and justify rate increases over 10 percent. States also have the authority to reject unreasonable premium increases since the passage of the law, to date, 37 states have this authority.

Certified Diabetes Educators and case managers are instrumental in diabetes management, according to the results from our 2011 survey on diabetes management strategies. More than three-quarters of healthcare organizations said they were taking a disease-specific approach to improving health outcomes and self-management in patients and health plan members with diabetes. And the majority of respondents said that weight management was the greatest challenge of managing diabetes. More details can be found in this story, and our complimentary downloadable white paper.

And don’t forget to take our newest survey: Reducing Hospital Readmissions Benchmark Survey. Describe how your organization is working to reduce hospital readmissions for 2012 by taking HIN’s third annual survey on this subject by January 31, 2012 and receive an e-summary of the results once they are compiled.

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