ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomson Reuters on Thursday honored two Pennsylvania health plans and a Florida hospital system for significantly improving the quality and managing the cost of healthcare.
Keystone Mercy and AmeriHealth Mercy health plans and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare are overall winners of the Thomson Reuters 2009 Healthcare Advantage Award, which honors hospitals and healthcare payers that use data analytics to improve business results and the quality of care.
Keystone Mercy and AmeriHealth Mercy, managed care health plans serving more than 400,000 Medicaid recipients in Pennsylvania, were cited for initiatives that assess and report on physician performance and identify gaps in patient care.
As a result of these efforts, more of the health plans' members received recommended care and preventive screenings, which lowered hospital admissions and emergency room visits. In addition, improved HEDIS rates are expected to result in an additional $6.2 million in payments from the state's Pay for Performance program.
Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, a not-for-profit system that includes a 770-bed acute care hospital, was cited for two initiatives:
"Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and Keystone Mercy and AmeriHealth Mercy have made an inspiring commitment to excellence," said Mike Boswood, president and CEO of the Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters. "As a result, they are more successful business operations, people are getting higher quality healthcare, and lives are being saved."
The awards were presented in San Diego at the 2009 Healthcare Advantage Conference, the annual gathering of Thomson Reuters healthcare customers.
In addition to the overall winners, awards were also presented to healthcare providers and payers in four categories:
Strategy and Growth
Health and Clinical Outcomes
Consumer Outreach and Communications
"We are pleased to celebrate the success of these hospitals, health plans, and employers and to recognize their hard work and dedication to operational efficiency and clinical quality," Boswood said.
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