The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a renowned industry leadership group in California, today recognized six physician organizations connected to Sutter Health as leaders in medical care quality.
Nearly 200 physician groups, representing approximately 35,000 physicians who provide care for about 10 million patients, participate in the IHA statewide Pay for Performance (P4P) program. In addition to celebrating top performers, IHA honored physician organizations that demonstrated the most quality improvement from 2011 to 2012. Sutter Medical Network members honored include:
Sacramento/Central Valley Region
- Top Performer and Most Improved – Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, serving San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties
- Top Performer – Sutter Medical Foundation – Sutter Medical Group, serving Sacramento, El Dorado, Solano, Yuba, Placer and Nevada counties, affiliated with the Sutter Medical Foundation
San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area
- Top Performer – Palo Alto Medical Foundation – Mills-Peninsula Division / Mills-Peninsula Medical Group, serving San Mateo county
- Top Performer – Palo Alto Medical Foundation, serving Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Alameda counties
- Top Performer – Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties
- Top Performer – Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation – Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods, serving Sonoma and Lake counties
“We’ve been focused for several years on transforming how we deliver medical care; integrating doctors and hospitals and proactively managing the unique health needs of patients, not just when they need medical attention but before they get sick,” said Jeff Burnich, M.D. senior vice president and executive officer for the Sutter Medical Network. “IHA’s P4P awards help us evaluate and recognize our progress on this long-term goal.”
On Earth Day (and every day) it’s important to remember how you can reduce, reuse and recycle. Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network strives to be green and we hope you do too. We’ve highlighted a few of our green efforts at Sutter Coast Hospital, Palo Alto Medical Center and Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in the hopes of inspiring you to go green.
Sutter Health Network Sees Even Greater Decreases
A study published today in Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that multistate, hospital-based quality improvement programs, including the one piloted for March of Dimes at Sutter Health-affiliated hospitals Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Roseville Medical Center, can be remarkably effective at reducing early elective deliveries of babies.
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The rate of elective early term deliveries (i.e., inductions of labor and Cesarean sections without a medical reason), in a group of 25 participating hospitals nationwide, fell significantly from 27.8 percent to 4.8 percent during the one-year study period, an 83 percent decline.
In 2010, Sutter Health implemented a similar program across its Northern California network to reduce the delivery of babies before 39 weeks of pregnancy. Since beginning its program, Sutter has seen a nearly 90 percent drop in early elective deliveries.
The March of Dimes, which partly funded the study, says the reduction of early elective deliveries is good news for moms and babies because newborns delivered before full-term are at increased risk of serious health problems and death in their first year of life.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute received a $100,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Program on Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization.
With this grant funding, Dr. Harold ‘Hal’ Luft, Director of the PAMF Research Institute, will oversee the research team that studies what resources and what types of physicians are involved in treating episodes of care commonly seen in outpatient settings, and will then focus on determining how “bundled payments” might be implemented.
“We will examine some episodes that have a clear beginning point, such as ankle fracture, and others that are ongoing chronic problems, such as diabetes, in which the ‘episode’ is continuous,” Dr. Luft explained. “Our study is made feasible by our access to hundreds of thousands of de-identified electronic health records of Palo Alto Medical Foundation patients. The results will help inform the national discussion of how to improve health care delivery.”
Read more on Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s newsroom.
CBS News featured a recent segment on a rare and often hard-to-spot form of breast cancer called Inflammatory Breast Cancer.
Palo Alto Medical Foundation patient and breast cancer survivor Sherry Higgs shared her experience to help raise awareness of this rare type of cancer. Sherry’s Oncologist, Dr. David Lee with Palo Alto Medical Foundation also explained what to look for and why this type of breast cancer is difficult to track.
View the HealthWatch segment on CBS5 San Francisco’s site, www.cbssf.com