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

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"We are happy to have extended our agreement and partnership with Elliot Hospital," said Douglas J. Wenners, president and general manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire. "Our members will have continued access to Elliot's services as part of their health insurance coverage for many years to come."

The Anthem Quality Insights: Hospital Incentive Program (Q-HIP)(SM)

Anthem's Quality Hospital Incentive Program focuses on evaluating institutional processes for patient safety, as well as specific indicators of care for patients with three common conditions: heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia. The new initiative is designed to help hospitals overcome barriers to improving quality. Hospital participants will be responsible for the collection, documentation and submission of data and a hospital executive will be asked to attest to the validity of the data and processes in accordance with industry standards.

The Q-HIP performance objectives are based on safety and care processes adopted by leading organizations including the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the Leapfrog Group and other respected industry authorities. By utilizing such nationally accepted and standardized safety and quality of care metrics within the Q-HIP program, the companies believe they can encourage hospitals to focus on improving their performance to meet or exceed goals while minimizing administrative burdens associated with reporting.

Patient Outcomes and Satisfaction

Performance indicators for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia match those already reported to organizations such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). They include evidence-based interventions such as the use of aspirin and other heart-protective medications, smoking cessation advice, appropriate antibiotic administr
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