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Blue Cross of Idaho acknowledges health care quality

Blue Cross of Idaho has acknowledged hospitals throughout the state as part of its Hospital Quality Awards program, an incentive and quality awards program to promote a healthier Idaho and improve quality in health care.

Those honored by Blue Cross of Idaho include:
Rural hospitals

  • Steele Memorial Medical Center, Salmon, Award of Achievement
  • Oneida County Hospital, Malad, Award of Merit

Urban hospitals

  • Portneuf Medical Center, Pocatello, Award of Achievement
  • St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, Boise, Award of Merit

Blue Cross of Idaho President Ray Flachbart said the award winners and the 29 other participating hospitals in the program have a significant impact throughout Idaho – their quality improvement and patient safety efforts save lives and reduce overall healthcare costs.

The Blue Cross of Idaho Hospital Quality Incentive Program, developed in collaboration with Idaho hospitals and the Idaho Hospital Association, rewards hospitals based on their efforts in measuring patient safety and improving clinical outcomes. The program evaluates several criteria, including the implementation of evidence-based measures known to improve health outcomes in treating pneumonia, heart attack and heart failure. The program also assesses and promotes patient safety by reducing infections and surgical complications.

Flachbart says this is the fourth year of the Blue Cross of Idaho Hospital Quality Awards and Blue Cross plans to continue working with all hospitals in Idaho to improve the quality of healthcare in the state.

Winners received their 2009 Hospital Quality Awards at the “Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Conference” in Boise on April 15.

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