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BIDMC Recognized for High Quality Patient Care, Operational Efficiency

The Award for Quality (AFQ) given by Premier healthcare alliance and is one of 23 winners out of more than 3,796 eligible hospitals nationwide.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) been recognized by the Premier healthcare alliance as a winner of the Premier Award for Quality (AFQ). BIDMC is one of 23 winners out of more than 3,796 eligible hospitals nationwide.

The AFQ recognizes leading healthcare 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 utilization, and clinical process indicators, the AFQ measures top performers at the overall hospital level.

"BIDMC prides itself on the quality of care we provide our patients as a result of our ongoing efforts to improve our care delivery systems, as well as our focus on patient-centered care," said Ken Sands, MD, senior vice president of health care quality. "This award recognizes the exemplary care that our staff delivers to each and every patient we treat."

The AFQ award was presented at the 2009 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference & Exhibition in Anaheim, Calif.

"The Award for Quality honors the efforts of our nation's leading hospitals to provide superior quality and operational efficiency," said Susan DeVore, Premier incoming president and CEO. "We're thrilled to celebrate the efforts of these facilities as they improve the health of the communities they serve."

All acute care inpatient facilities in the United States that submitted data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the CMS Hospital Compare project were considered for the AFQ. Using MedPar 2007 data, Quality and Efficiency Indexes were calculated for 60 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 proxy for resource utilization.

Acute care facilities attaining the top 1 percent designation are identified as having scores in the top two quintiles for process of care, and in 10 out of 60 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.

Earlier this year BIDMC was named one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the United States based in overall organizational performance by the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. BIDMC was the only Massachusetts hospital named in the survey.

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Benchmarks study is based on the 100 Top Hospitals National Balanced Scorecard that evaluates performance in nine areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, patient satisfaction, and adherence to clinical standards of care. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

Additional information about the AFQ and related methodology can be found at: http://www.premierinc.com/about/news/awards/index.jsp

The Premier healthcare alliance is more than 2,100 U.S. hospitals and 58,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to improve healthcare quality and affordability. 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. Premier has offices in San Diego, Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and consistently ranks among the top four in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org .