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Health system ranks among top 15 in US

April 22, 2015
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Dr. Eric Bouwens talks with a visitor at Spectrum Health’s Community Medicine Clinic in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy Spectrum Health

A health system has outperformed its peers to be considered one of the “15 Top Health Systems” in the nation.

Truven Health Analytics in Ann Arbor, a provider of health care data and analytics provider, said this week that Spectrum Health has earned a spot in the seventh-annual study for the fourth time.

The study identifies and analyzes the top-performing health systems in the nation based on clinical quality and administrative metrics.

Spectrum Health is the lone system from Michigan in the study.

Richard Breon, president and CEO at Spectrum Health, said it’s an honor for the organization to be recognized as one of the top health systems in the country.

“To receive this commendation four times is quite an achievement,” Breon said. “This hard-won recognition is a reflection of the integrated work our hospitals, physicians and health plan is doing across our entire system to improve the health of the communities we serve.”

Top performances

Truven Health Analytics said key findings from its 2015 “15 Top Health Systems” study indicate the winning health systems spent seven percent less per care episode, had roughly 1.2 percent fewer deaths and patients had 5 perfect fewer complications. Top health systems also achieved 10.9 percent better patient safety performance and adherence to core measures than non-winning health systems.

As one of the five large health systems in the study, generating more than $1.5 billion in total operating expense, Spectrum Health is among the large system winners with the best performance on 30-day mortality for heart attack patients, according to the study.

New performance areas

This year’s “15 Top Health Systems” study includes new measures such as emergency department efficiency and additional financial factors.

Based on the new performance areas, the top health systems admitted emergency department patients 17 percent faster and patients were seen by a health care professional 29 percent faster, and the systems had a median long-term-debt-to-capitalization ratio 32 percent lower than their peers.

Categorizing systems

The “15 Top Health Systems” in the nation are divided into three categories based on total operating expense of the member hospitals: large health systems with more than $1.5 billion; medium health systems with $750 million to $1.5 billion; and small health systems with less than $750 million.

The other systems in the study can be found online.

The study

Truven Health Analytics evaluated roughly 340 health systems and more than 2,800 members hospitals based on a balanced scorecard incorporating a number of clinical and administrative performance indicators.

Several of the performance measures included quality of inpatient and outpatient care, patient perception, cost per episode, operational efficiency and financial stability.

Data was aggregated primarily from sources such as the 2012 and 2013 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare dataset.

Health systems cannot apply for consideration.

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