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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

pital Quality Incentive Demonstration, Aurora will receive a bonus payment of nearly $376,000 for the 24 areas that are in the top 20 percent. CMS awarded incentive payments of more than $7 million to 112 hospitals. Overall, 206 awards were given to top- performing hospitals in the third year of the project.

"While the incentive payments reflect the high level of results delivered by our caregivers, this effort is not about the money. We are motivated by our commitment to find better ways to provide people with better results and a better care experience than they can get anywhere else," added Turkal.

The dollars awarded to Aurora have been utilized to further improve care and provide data to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other caregivers.

"Hospitals participating in the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project make quality a top priority from the hospital board on down," said Stephanie Alexander, Premier senior vice president. "These top-performing hospitals -- small and large, urban and rural, teaching and non-teaching -- have demonstrated a continuous and sustained improvement, and we commend them for their dedication to provide the highest-quality patient care."

The hospital quality results follow a recent study by Benefit Services Group that concluded Aurora is the most cost efficient hospital system in the Milwaukee area.

"These results are all about delivering on the promise that we have made to communities to deliver the best care, improve the health of Wisconsin, and be excellent stewards of health care dollars," said Turkal. This is about changing the model to what patients need most. As a not for profit health care system, we owe it to the people and communities we serve. This is what we deliver."

About the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project

The Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration is the first national project of its kind, designed to determine if economic incentives to hos
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