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Aurora Health Care Top Quality System in Nation in Medicare, Premier Healthcare Alliance Pay-For-Performance Project
Date:6/17/2008

MILWAUKEE, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Aurora Health Care is the top performing health system in the country in a national Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Premier healthcare alliance pay-for-performance project. The initiative rewards hospitals for delivering higher quality care in five major clinical areas.

Aurora Health Care has been one of the top performing health care systems since the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project's inception four years ago. The initiative focuses on improving the quality of patient care in congestive heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, heart bypass surgery, and hip and knee replacement.

In the Year 3 results that were just released, Aurora hospitals have excelled in several of the quality areas.

-- Aurora's hospitals are top performers in 40 of the 47 quality areas that are measured. This is the most of any system.

-- Aurora hospitals received incentive payments in 24 quality areas, the most of any system in the country.

-- Ten of the Aurora hospitals that have been a part of the quality effort are in the top for care of people with pneumonia.

"We've committed to finding better ways of care that lead to high quality, high-efficiency and low-costs. These results help to reinforce that Aurora is making good on that promise to the communities we serve," said Nick Turkal, M.D., Aurora President and CEO. "We believe strongly in integrated care, which is a better model for the patients we serve. It enables us to provide care across all settings so patients have easy access to the best care and service."

"These measures of excellence in the hospital setting are made possible by the excellent care our caregivers provide in all of our settings across eastern Wisconsin, including physician offices, home health, pharmacies, and hospice. It is no longer about being good. It is about pursuing perfection," Turkal added.

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