UW Hospital and Clinics Wins Premier Quality Award

MADISON – University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics has been recognized by the Premier healthcare alliance as a winner of the Premier Award for Quality (AFQ). UW Hospital is one of 27 winners out of more than 3,800 eligible hospitals nationwide.

The AFQ recognizes leading health care organizations that efficiently provide outstanding patient care and consistently set the standard in clinical excellence nationwide. Distinguished by its consideration of performance-based criteria, including clinical quality outcomes, resource use and clinical process indicators, the AFQ measures top performers at the overall hospital level.

"Our physicians, nurses and other staff can be justly proud of this national honor," said UW Hospital CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky. "I came to Wisconsin knowing of UW Hospital's already robust national reputation for high-quality health care. This is a wonderful acknowledgement of hard work on the part of many people."

Mark Kirschbaum, UW Hospital senior vice president for information and quality, accepted the award at the 2008 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition, held June 10-13 in Nashville, Tenn.

"The Award for Quality differentiates its winners as industry leaders by recognizing clinical excellence in both quality of care and operational efficiency," said Stephanie Alexander, senior vice president of Premier Healthcare Informatics. "Premier is pleased to honor this elite group of hospitals for the high quality of patient care they offer to improve the health of their communities."

All US acute-care inpatient facilities that submitted data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the CMS Hospital Compare project were considered for the AFQ. Using MedPar 2006 data, quality and efficiency indexes were calculated for 62 disease groups and at the overall hospital level.
Quality was measured by the incidence of three adverse outcomes: mortality, morbidity and complications, which are combined into a single Quality Index using the preference weightings from the Corporate Hospital Rating Project (CHRP). The efficiency index was generated using length of stay to represent resource use.

Acute-care facilities attaining the top one percent designation are identified as having scores in the top two quintiles for process of care and in 10 out of 62 disease groups and at the overall hospital level for quality and efficiency. Additionally, hospitals had measures for quality and efficiency that were equal to or exceeded expected outcomes.

Additional information about the AFQ and related methodology

Premier operates one of the leading health care purchasing networks and the nation's most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information. A subsidiary operates one of the nation's largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups.
A world leader in helping health care providers deliver dramatic improvements in care, Premier is working with the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington.

Date Published: 06/13/2008

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