Rep. Grimm Congratulates SIUH for Top Honors in Quality Patient Care

November 16, 2011 

For Immediate Release                                                                             
Carol Danko 202-225-3371

Rep. Grimm congratulates Staten Island University Hospital for being recognized for 
high quality patient care in Medicare value-based purchasing demonstration

Washington, DC – Representative Michael Grimm today congratulated Staten Island University Hospital for providing high quality patient care as a part of a voluntary Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)/Premier healthcare alliance value-based purchasing (VBP) demonstration project. 
“I would like to offer my deepest congratulations to Staten Island University Hospital for receiving this prestigious honor and performance-based award,” said Rep. Grimm.  “As residents of Staten Island, we are fortunate to have access to the highest level of care and treatment options. In this difficult economic climate, particularly in the health care industry, I am grateful that SIUH continues its long standing tradition of providing the highest quality services for Staten Islanders. I applaud the efforts of SIUH and thrilled that it will continue to serve our community with the exceptional quality and excellence Staten Island deserves.”  
The Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration™ (HQID) rewards hospitals for delivering high quality care in six high volume clinical areas.  
Staten Island University Hospital was recognized as a top performer across the project’s six years, based on its overall quality scores. Staten Island University Hospital is one of two hospitals to receive 39 awards, the highest number of awards received among all of the participants. Through the project, hospitals submitted a set of more than 30 evidence-based clinical quality measures across six high volume clinical areas – acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft, pneumonia, hip and knee replacement, and the Surgical Care Improvement Project. Based on its high quality score, level of improvement or attainment of a quality benchmark, Staten Island University Hospital received a bonus payment from CMS, which awarded more than $60 million to hospitals over the six years of the project.    
The demonstration was designed to test whether rewarding hospitals for performance on quality measures would improve performance across all hospitals participating in the project. Participants in the HQID VBP project raised their overall quality by an average of 18.6 percentage points over six years.  
For complete information about the HQID project, visit  www.qualitydemo.com .  

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