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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire, Elliot Hospital Announce Renewed Contract, Quality Initiative
Date:8/11/2009

MANCHESTER, N.H., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Elliot Hospital and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire are pleased to announce they have renewed their contract for multiple years. The new agreement gives New Hampshire residents continued access to the high quality care at the Manchester hospital. The extended contract also includes Elliot's continued participation in Anthem's Quality Hospital Incentive Program (Q-HIP), an innovative "pay for performance" collaboration.

"We're pleased to renew our contract with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire and to continue our quality partnership," said Douglas Dean, president and CEO of Elliot Hospital.

For the past two years, Elliot Hospital has been a member of Anthem's Quality Hospital Incentive Program which offers participating hospitals financial incentives linked to meeting specific performance objectives focused on improving patient safety, health outcomes and satisfaction. Q-HIP is part of Anthem Quality Insights, a series of innovative quality recognition and health improvement programs targeting hospitals, primary care providers, and specialty physicians.

"Our patients and their families expect and deserve quality health care services," said Dr. Rick Phelps, Exec. VP, Clinical Operations at Elliot Hospital. "The reality is this sometimes costs more in terms of putting in place new structures and processes to support a better way of delivering those services. While our hospital continually seeks ways in which to improve ourselves, our participation in Anthem's Q-HIP project allows us to accelerate the timeline for achieving some of our goals."

Other participants in Anthem's Q-HIP initiative include: Catholic Medical Center, Cheshire Medical Center, Concord Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Littleton Regional Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.'/>"/>

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