Sutter-Affiliated Novato Community Hospital Pilots CMS Initiative

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 in Transformation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Announced Participants in Initiative Aimed at Raising Quality and Lowering Costs

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Novato Community Hospital, a Sutter Health affiliate, is one of only 7 providers in the state to participate in Model 2 of CMS’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative.

Novato Community Hospital (NHC) is one of only seven providers in California to partner with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Model 2 of a new pilot programBundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative. Under this model, NHC will enter into payment arrangements with CMS including financial and performance accountability for episodes of care related to hip and knee replacement surgery. The episode includes the inpatient stay in the acute care hospital and all related services 30, 60, or 90 days after hospital discharge. This is a three-year project aimed at raising the bar on quality while lowering overall costs.

“For patients, this means a hospital is coordinating their care in a completely new wayfrom the moment they enter the facility for joint replacement surgery through the crucial recovery time after they leave the hospital,” said Grant Davies, CEO of Sutter Health’s North Bay Hospitals, which includes NHC. “We monitor their progress if they go home or to a residential rehabilitation center. We ensure they have needed in-home support to transition easily to outpatient physical therapy. We anticipate any issues that might arise and correct them early before they can escalate into serious problems.”

“Improving quality and lowering costs is the right thing to do for our patients and our community,” Davies continued.

Read more about CMS’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative here.

Learn more about Novato Community Hospital here.

 

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