ELLSWORTH, ME, Jan. 29, 2014 — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is proud to announce that it was ranked among the top 25 hospitals in the nation by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program. It is the only Maine Hospital ranked among the top 25 and lands at number 4 in the nation. Hospitals’ individual scores within the Value-Based Purchasing program for fiscal year 2014 were focused on three main areas: clinical process of care, patient experience, and outcomes.
“Our commitment to hold ourselves to the highest standards for Core Measures; the steps we’ve taken to standardize care; and the dedication of every employee to ensure a positive patient experience has contributed to us taking the lead not only in our state, but in the nation.” Says Beth Bunker-Anderson, RN, CPHQ, Quality Leader, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.
Value-based purchasing is an effort to link Medicare’s payment system to improve healthcare quality. The program implements value-based purchasing to the payment system that accounts for the largest share of Medicare spending, affecting payment for inpatient stays in over 3,500 hospitals across the country. Hospitals are paid for inpatient acute care services based on the quality of care, not just quantity of the services they provide.
“This recognition is a reminder that all of the hard work and commitment to change is working to improve the care our patients receive.” Charlie Therrien, CEO, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.
To learn more about Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, visit www.mainehospital.org. To learn more about CMS and value-based purchasing, visit www.cms.gov.