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Case Study: Hospital Executive Council (HEC)

The challenge: For decades, hospitals have used traditional inpatient metrics drawn from clinical or discharge data to improve efficiency, with measures like length of stay. Today, the shift to performance-based payment systems requires new measures and metrics to identify potential opportunities for improving care delivery and patient outcomes while also reducing the risk of financial penalties from adverse outcomes.

The Hospital Executive Council (HEC) of New York took up the challenge, searching for innovative approaches and new data sources to identify and analyze complications and readmissions.

Read how to keep quality measures alive for the long term with our latest case study.

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U.S. States: Quality and Cost Innovation
A number of U.S. states have launched healthcare quality initiatives that link patient outcomes to financial incentives. These states are using 3M risk adjustment tools to analyze outcomes and identify preventable readmissions, preventable complications and other types of avoidable care.

Government Health IT spoke with 3M HIS President JaeLynn Williams about states that are leading the way in quality and cost innovation.

3M testifies at congressional hearing on ICD-10
Richard Averill, MS, director of public policy for 3M Health Information Systems, testified before the House Energy & Commerce Committee in a Feb. 10 hearing about ICD-10 implementation readiness. "If we are to transition the health care system to one that focuses on value over volume, we need ICD-10. It is simply time to have our diagnosis and procedure coding system reflect modern medicine."

Read his full testimony here.

Read an event recap from the Journal of AHIMA here.

3M HIS is a member of the Coalition for ICD-10. Visit the Coalition's website to learn more about supporting the Oct. 1, 2015 ICD-10 compliance date.

Healthcare leaders talk candidly about achieving better population health
You’ve heard of population health, but what action is the industry taking to achieve better population health outcomes? At a 3M seminar, leaders from health plans, hospitals, government and non-profit organizations shared how they’re using patient-centered models of care, unique partnerships and the right metrics to impact population health outcomes.

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