SCHENECTADY, NY – Through an unprecedented collaboration with CDPHP and MVP Health Care, Ellis Medicine is essentially guaranteeing the quality of its care. Under this unique program, if a patient undergoes coronary artery bypass (CABG) at Ellis and is readmitted to the hospital for related complications within 90 days of discharge, Ellis will share with CDPHP and MVP Health Care, in the responsibility for the hospital costs.
The overall goal of the warranty program is to enhance quality, standardize care and prevent patients from winding up back in the hospital.
“As a top 50 cardiovascular hospital we’ve demonstrated our expertise and we’re confident that our new quality initiatives will help us provide even better care,” said James W. Connolly, president and CEO, Ellis Medicine. “By putting our money where our awards are, we’re allowing our MVP Health Care and CDPHP patients to obtain both financial and clinical benefits from our good work. Our warranty says, ‘Our care is outstanding and we stand behind it’. It’s as simple as that.”
At the center of Ellis’ unique Cardiac Surgery Warranty is a series of new steps designed to enhance the quality of care for all patients – before, during and after cardiac surgery. They range from clinical checklists, pathways and patient compacts to a collaborative effort with organizations such as Visiting Nurse Service of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties to ensure a smooth transition of care.
“As evidenced by the successful restructuring of hospital care and the creation of the Medical Home in Schenectady — re-inventing health care, one patient at a time, begins right here at home,“ said Connolly. “We’re grateful to our health insurance partners, CDPHP and MVP Health Care, for working with us to develop creative ways to enhance quality, reduce health care costs and bring shared financial accountability to the process,” he added. “This is our joint commitment to health care reform.”
“CDPHP believes that higher quality actually drives costs down,” said John D. Bennett, MD, president and CEO, CDPHP. “An initiative such as this will boldly lay the groundwork to demonstrate a joint commitment to high-quality health care and a partnership for better health value to our members and the community-at-large. We laud Ellis Medicine for taking the lead on guaranteeing care, and are pleased to collaborate with them and MVP Health Care on fulfilling their vision.”
“What we’re announcing today is a way for doctors and hospitals to be paid appropriately for delivering the best care possible,” said David W. Oliker, MVP president and CEO. “I’ve said for many years that high quality care doesn’t necessarily mean high-cost care. In fact, high quality care is quite often less costly. This program to reduce readmissions is an excellent example of what I mean,” Oliker said.
Cardiology Associates of Schenectady is an integral part of the new warranty program. “As cardiologists, we’re committed to delivering the highest quality of care to our patients. As one of the nation’s top 50 cardiovascular hospitals, we’re proud of our entire cardiac team and we’re excited about this opportunity to support Ellis Medicine’s steadfast dedication to cardiac excellence,” said John Nolan MD, Chair, Cardiac Sciences, Ellis Medicine.
“As cardiac surgeons, we’re confident in the ability of our team to provide the safest, most skilled surgical care, said Herb Reich, M.D., Ellis’ Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery. “Ellis is backing up the quality of its heart surgery with a warranty – that makes us even more proud of the work we do for our patients,” he added.
This unique program aligns quality initiatives with reimbursement. It places Ellis well ahead of the curve with regard to impending federal healthcare mandates that will penalize hospitals for costly readmissions. As part of the new federal standards, Ellis and other hospitals will get paid based on the quality of care that is delivered.
Ellis Medicine was recently recognized as one of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular hospitals by Thomson Reuters, a global health research organization.