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Excellus awards $21M in improvement incentive payments

By WILL ASTOR - 2/29/2012 11:18:21 AM

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield awarded a total of $21.4 million to 53 hospitals in Upstate New York hospitals including nine Rochester-area facilities as a reward for demonstrating quality improvement, Excellus officials said Wednesday.

The awards came under the health insurer’s Hospital Performance Incentive Program. Begun in 2004, the program looks at data collected by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to gauge hospitals’ improvement in patient safety, clinical outcomes, how efficiently care is delivered and how patients themselves rated their treatment.  

Local hospitals that got HPIP payments for improved CMS ratings in 2011 are: Clifton Springs Hospital, F.F. Thompson Hospital, Highland Hospital, Lakeside Health System, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, Nicholas Noyes Memorial Hospital, Rochester General Hospital, Strong Memorial Hospital and Unity Hospital.

Excellus did not detail amounts awarded to individual institutions. 
 
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