May 12, 2011
Hawaii hospitals, HMSA partner with national Premier healthcare alliance to improve care, better control costs for Hawaii residents
Elisa Yadao, HMSA
The Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) has partnered with its statewide network
of hospitals and the Premier healthcare
alliance on Advanced Hospital Care, a new initiative to improve quality
and reduce costs for residents of Hawaii.
HMSA will sponsor all eligible Hawaii hospitals to participate in a national program
built by the Premier healthcare alliance that is setting the standard for patient-centered,
high quality and efficient healthcare. The four-year program sets targets and helps
the hospitals measure and speed performance improvements that will:
- Save lives: Eliminate avoidable hospital mortalities.
- Safely reduce the cost of care: Reduce the costs for each patient’s
- Deliver the most reliable and effective care: Ensure that patients
receive every recommended evidence-based care measure.
- Improve patient safety: Prevent harm in nearly 30 categories, including
infections and birth injuries.
- Increase satisfaction: Improve the patient’s overall care experience.
- Reduce readmissions: Improve care coordination across the continuum
to avoid preventable readmissions.
Over 30 months, this Premier performance improvement program has saved 25,235 lives
and $2.85 billion in costs among a wide range of 157 hospitals in 33 states across
the United States.
“We have been working with our statewide network of hospitals to introduce
our own Advanced Hospital Care program,” said HMSA Senior Vice President Hilton
Raethel. “We believe that teaming up with hospitals to ensure better care
for patients can also slow the unsustainable growth in health care costs.”
“Premier’s high-performing healthcare framework is a major and critical
component of our Advanced Hospital Care program, and we appreciate that our hospital
partners are willing to work with Premier and this program,” said Raethel.
Kevin A. Roberts, president and chief executive officer of Castle Medical Center,
noted, “This new partnership has considerable promise to improve care by giving
us tools and resources needed to compare ourselves against national benchmarks and
work collaboratively with some of the best hospitals in the nation on performance
improvement. We look forward to working with HMSA and Premier.”
The goals of Advanced Hospital Care also align closely with the health care reform
law, which includes a national requirement for Medicare to pay hospitals based on
their achievement of quality benchmarks. In addition, Advanced Hospital Care can
help Hawaii hospitals meet new goals set by the Department of Health and Human Services
through the Partnership for Patients program to reduce preventable errors in hospitals
by 40 percent and preventable complications by 20 percent. Advanced Hospital Care
can also help Hawaii providers avoid payment penalties from Medicare that will be
phased in over the next two years for hospitals with that have higher than expected
readmission and infection rates.
Using the nation’s largest comparative database for hospital performance,
Premier and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement identified the main drivers
that lead to deaths, errors, improved patient experience, and excessive costs. Through
participation in the Advanced Hospital Care program, Hawaii hospitals are targeting
improvement opportunities in these areas, comparing themselves against each other
and national standards, carefully measuring progress, and sharing best practices.
“We appreciate the opportunity that HMSA and these hospitals have given us
to bring our nationwide knowledge together to improve care across the state,”
said Premier President and Chief Executive Officer Susan DeVore. “We have
a disciplined, measured, and organized methodology for building and sustaining change.
Programs such as Advanced Hospital Care have already been proven on the national
scale, producing dramatic quality improvements that benefit patients.”
HMSA is a nonprofit, mutual benefit association founded in Hawaii in 1938. It is
governed by a community board of directors that includes representatives from health
care, business, labor, government, education, clergy, and the community at large.
HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Nationally,
HMSA and 38 other Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans provide worldwide coverage to
more than 100 million members.
About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals
and 73,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead
the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health
systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation’s most comprehensive
repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading
healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements
in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the
United Kingdom’s National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington.