Navigation Links
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's 'Promoting Healthcare Quality Program' Improves Quality and Patient Safety in 19 Colorado Hospitals
Date:3/3/2008

DENVER, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's Promoting Healthcare Quality (PHQ) program, which the company launched in 2003, began with a basic assumption: If hospitals were offered incentives that would enable them to improve quality outcomes and meet certain performance standards, the quality and safety of care for patients would improve. Now in its fifth year, hard evidence is in place to support that assumption.

Specifically:

-- Of the 19 hospitals participating in this voluntary program, the

overall average score increased from 81 to 92 percent.

-- Five of the hospitals increased their total scores by more than 20

percent

-- Five of the hospitals scored 100 percent in the most recent measurement

year.

-- One hospital reduced its inpatient mortality rate for heart attack

patients from 6.9 percent to 2.4 percent.

-- One hospital improved its pneumococcal vaccination rate from 35 percent

to 96 percent for patients with Community Acquired Pneumonia. Another

improved from 55 percent to 93 percent.

-- Overall, ninety-two percent of patients hospitalized with pneumonia

received smoking cessation advice - a significant increase from the 53

percent who received this advice during the first year of the program.

Anthem's PHQ program came about as the result of the 2000 publication of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) ground-breaking report, "To Err is Human " which cited as many as 98,000 deaths annually from medical errors and called for a national effort to make health care safer. Anthem was the first health benefits company in the state to introduce this kind of program and has since been recognized as a leader in expanding reimbursement for clinical excellence and improved medical outcomes, rather than limiting it only to delivery of medical services.

PHQ offers hospitals incentives, including financial, for achieving measurable improvements in the areas of patient safety and health outcomes, including such measures as pneumococcal vaccination rate, provision of aspirin and beta blockers for patients suffering a heart attack, computerized physician order entry systems and ICU staffing. Success is measured by assigning values for compliance with recommended patient safety standards, implementation of systems and processes to meet these standards, and improvements in clinical outcomes.

"Good relationships with participating hospitals are at the core of PHQ's success," said Mike Ramseier, VP, Health Care Management, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. "Working collaboratively, we have been able to achieve improvement in several areas. This means better, safer care for every patient who receives medical care at these institutions. That's something we all can be proud of."

"Anthem and PHQ participating hospitals both win as a result of being a part of the program," said Donna Kusuda, VP Quality and Patient Safety, HCA- HealthONE. "While health care providers strive to do the right thing for their patients, putting new systems and processes in place that can enable providers to deliver safer, higher quality services can be challenging. PHQ helps accelerate the timeline for achieving key patient quality and safety goals."

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado is a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP). WellPoint's mission is to improve the lives of the people it serves and the health of its communities. WellPoint, Inc. is the largest health benefits company in terms of commercial membership in the United States. Through its nationwide networks, the company delivers a number of leading health benefit solutions through a broad portfolio of integrated health care plans and related services, along with a wide range of specialty products such as life and disability insurance benefits, pharmacy benefit management, dental, vision, behavioral health benefit services, as well as long term care insurance and flexible spending accounts. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, WellPoint is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and serves its members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as Empire Blue Cross or Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin; and through UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available at http://www.wellpoint.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. BlueCare(R) Family Plan, a HUSKY Health Plan from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut, Raises Awareness, Funds and Diapers for New Haven Diaper Bank
2. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Partnership Plan Wins Nevada Immunization Award
3. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia Introduces New Generation of Consumer Driven Health Products
4. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky Announces the Availability of New Health Plans for Medicare Beneficiaries
5. Anthem Introduces New Insurance Options for Small Business
6. American Idol Star Elliott Yamin and Music Legend Gloria Gaynor To Perform at AnthemLIVE!
7. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana Releases State Health Index
8. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky Announces Release of State Health Index
9. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation and Plan Associates Pledge More Than $880,000 to Community Organizations in 2008
10. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation and Plan Associates Pledge $2.2 Million to Community Organizations in 2008
11. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Celebrates Local Moms-to-Be at Community Baby Shower
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/9/2016)... Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) , ... February 09, 2016 ... ... Institute (WCRI) compares the workers’ compensation fee schedule rates and Medicare rates for ... medical services covered in the report, Evaluation of the 2015 Fee Schedule ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... On January 12, 2016 Paul ... appointment after they noticed their furnace not producing any heat. Shortly after entering the ... cracked heat exchanger was leaking dangerous levels of carbon monoxide into the home, at ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... ... guide will ensure lab personnel have a basic understanding of the techniques they ... protocols. Enhanced understanding will help them reduce waste and rework to create a ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... 2016 , ... i2i Systems, an early innovator and developer of population health ... latest KLAS report, Population Health Management 2015: How Far Can Your Vendor Take You? ... management (PHM). The latest KLAS Report, leveraging over 200 user interviews, shines a ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... BASF Human Nutrition into the Food & Beverage and Dietary ... BASF’s channel partner throughout Canada and USA geographies east of the Rocky Mountains ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)... LONDON , Feb. 9, 2016 Hearing ... amount of sound energy transmitted to the inner ear. ... and hearing bands. These devices are recommended for users ... eight hours. Earplugs refer to HPD that are inserted ... attenuation earplugs are designed to provide more natural sound ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... -- Increasingly, health care professionals are enhancing patient care and ... With the Vios Monitoring System from Vios Medical, health ... problems before they become serious by continuously tracking and ... the United States . --> ... --> The Vios Monitoring System connects patient-worn sensors, ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... -- The new report "Global Anti-Bacterial Drugs Market Assessment & Forecast: ... reveals that the North America continued to ... 2014 that translated into revenues worth US$ 16,907.3 million. ... Asia-Pacific , Latin America , ... The global anti-bacterial market is inclined towards North America ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: