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Health Reform Exerts New Pressure on Hospitals

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act creates unprecedented pressure for hospitals to improve the quality and efficiency of the care they provide to their patients.


The Medicare program, which also serves as the model for private health insurance, will begin to hold providers at increased financial risk for errors they make in the course of providing care, including when patients acquire preventable infections or have to be readmitted to the hospital due to poor care during the initial stay.


There will also be a host of quality measures for which hospitals will be held accountable in "pay for performance" programs. 


Hospitals have already begun newly seeking methods to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of their care in preparation for the health care payment reform that is coming from both the public and private sectors.  One private-sector example is Prometheus Payment, Inc. which has a series of pilots underway. 


Arrowsight is uniquely positioned to help hospitals improve care, reducing the likelihood they will suffer financially as a consequence of providing unreliable care.  Careful measurement and feedback to clinical staff on their compliance with key patient safety protocols can dramatically improve and help to sustain a high-level of performance long term.  Arrowsight looks forward to being an important partner to hospitals as they work to position themselves to succeed as the new law is implemented over the next several years.


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