Univera Healthcare awards $26Million to Western New York hospitals for quality improvements

Thursday, February 26, 2015

More than a dozen Western New York hospitals will receive millions back in quality improvement incentive payments from Univera Healthcare through its hospital performance incentive program.

The heath plan and its Rochester-based parent, Excellus Healthcare, awarded $26 million to 45 hospitals and health centers last year. Last year, 47 institutions earned a collective $24.5 million. Since the program began 10 years ago, quality performance incentives have exceeded $197 million.

Locally, 15 participating hospitals received funding, including all three Catholic Health sites; both Eastern Niagara Health System sites; Erie County Medical Center; Kaleida Health's four hospitals; Mount St. Mary's Hospital & Health Center; Roswell Park Cancer Institute; United Memorial Medical Center; WCA Hospital; and the Chautauqua Integrated Delivery System, an independent practice association.

The program evaluates participating hospitals on nearly 250 performance measures, including clinical and patient safety measures. Additionally, other measures and target outcomes are jointly agreed upon by each hospital and the health insurer using benchmarks established by such institutions as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) , The Joint Commission and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Last year, hospitals achieved 88 percent of all target quality levels.

Areas targeted for improvement include clinical processes of care, patient safety, and patient satisfaction.


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