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Clinic demonstrates improved quality of care resulting in cost savings for Medicare
Date:8/8/2011

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated its Physician Group Practice (PGP) Demonstration, it challenged the 10 participating large physician group practices to prove that providing high quality coordinated health care could also save money.

CMS, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced today that, in the fifth performance year of the five-year Medicare demonstration project, Marshfield Clinic has once again improved the quality of health care it delivers to patients while decreasing health care costs.

"It has taken a lot of hard work by Clinic staff as we continually strive to improve care, but that work has been rewarded as the Clinic this year exceeded 98 percent of the quality measures," said Theodore A. Praxel, M.D., M.M.M., FACP, medical director, Institute for Quality, Innovation & Patient Safety, Marshfield Clinic. "We're pleased to show, for a consecutive fifth year, our success in efficiently using health care resources for the benefit of all the patients we serve, but we will continue to look for other ways to improve." Because of this effort, Marshfield Clinic has so far saved the Medicare program more than $118 million over the five performance years reported.

"Marshfield Clinic has believed for a number of years that if we were to be successful in our goal of decreasing costs while further improving the quality of care delivered to patients, we need to look at how we can deliver care in new ways. This belief is why we committed to be a part of the Physician Group Practice Demonstration project," said Praxel.

While the 10 participating group practices showed lower growth in Medicare expenditures collectively in the fifth performance year, Marshfield Clinic was one of four to generate significant savings under the terms of the demonstration that resulted in a performance payment. Marshfield Clinic is one of only two out of the 10 large physician group pract
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Contact: Amy Rohn
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Marshfield Clinic
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