St. David’s Health­care edges Se­ton in qual­ity, sat­is­fac­tion

Medi­care score­card helps de­ter­mine bonuses, penal­ties.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Maryann Roser maroser@states­man.com Hos­pi­tals

The fed­eral Medi­care agency has re­leased re­sults of hospi­tal qual­ity and pa­tient sat­is­fac­tion mea­sures that give St. David’s Health­Care an edge — and more fi­nan­cial bonuses — than Se­ton Health­care Fam­ily hos­pi­tals.

Among 15 hos­pi­tals in Cen­tral Texas where Se­ton and St. David’s op­er­ate the largest and sec­ond-largest sys­tems, re­spec­tively, Se­ton North­west Hospi­tal and Se­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter Austin will re­ceive re­duced pay­ments in the coming year for each Medi­care pa­tient, ac­cord­ing to an anal­y­sis by Kaiser Health News. In ad­di­tion, Cedar Park Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, which Se­ton partly owns, is be­ing pe­nal­ized, as is Cen­tral Texas Med­i­cal Cen­ter in San Mar­cos.

Other Se­ton hos­pi­tals will get a Medi­care pay­ment bonus for good per­for­mance, as will all of the St. David’s hos­pi­tals, Scott & White Hospi­tal-Round Rock, Austin Sur­gi­cal Hospi­tal and the Hospi­tal at West­lake Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

The Medi­care score­card takes into ac­count how well acute care hos­pi­tals did in treat­ing all kinds of pa­tients — not just those on Medi­care — be­tween July 2011 and March 2012. Per­for­mance on those mea­sures ac­counts for 70 per­cent of the award or penalty, with pa­tient sat­is­fac­tion sur­veys ac­count­ing for

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