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Eight area hospitals get Excellus incentives

Rochester Business Journal
February 25, 2014

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is handing out $24.5 million in quality improvement incentives, officials said Tuesday.

Begun in 2004, the Excellus incentive program assigns scores to hospitals according to some 250 quality of care measures. Scores in part depend on how well each hospital completed specific steps agreed on by the insurer and the institution over the past year.

Clinical, patient satisfaction and patient safety measures used by national health care organizations, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Joint Commission, a hospital accreditation organization, are also part of the mix.  

In the 2013 program, participating hospitals as a group met 89 percent of the quality improvement program’s measures.  

The quality improvement awards are spread among 47 upstate hospitals across Excellus’ 32-county territory. Eight—Rochester General, Strong Memorial, Unity, F.F. Thompson, Highland, Newark-Wayne Community and Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial hospitals and Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic—are in the Rochester area.

Excellus did not disclose individual award amounts.
   
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