More Partnerships Between Doctors and Hospitals Strengthen Coordinated Care for Medicare Beneficiaries
123 New Accountable Care Organizations Join Program to Improve Care for Medicare beneficiaries
SEATTLE – The Providence and Swedish ACO of Washington has been selected as one of 123 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in Medicare, providing approximately 1.5 million more Medicare beneficiaries with access to high-quality, coordinated care across the United States, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Dec. 23.
Doctors, hospitals and health care providers establish ACOs in order to work together to provide higher-quality coordinated care to their patients, while helping to slow health care cost growth. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, more than 360 (ACOs) have been established, serving over 5.3 million Americans with Medicare. Beneficiaries seeing health care providers in ACOs always have the freedom to choose doctors inside or outside of the ACO. ACOs share with Medicare any savings generated from lowering the growth in health care costs when they meet standards for high quality care.
“Accountable Care Organizations are delivering higher quality care to Medicare beneficiaries and are using Medicare dollars more efficiently,” Secretary Sebelius said. “This is a great example of the Affordable Care Act rewarding hospitals and doctors that work together to help our beneficiaries get the best possible care.”
Congratulations to Niamh O'Connell and Wyatt Powell, who are the proud parents of Seattle’s first baby born in 2014. Killian Powell was born at 12:51 a.m. on Jan. 1 at Swedish First Hill. KING 5 television sat down with the family and gave viewers a sense of what little Killian and his parents can expect over the coming years.
The Bellingham Herald recently published an interview with Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute’s Mark Reisman, M.D., as well as his patient Mavis Arfman, recipient of the first MitraClip heart valve device in Washington state. Arfman is a resident of Bellingham.
On Dec. 20, Swedish notified 27 patients treated in the same day surgery unit of its First Hill hospital that one of the four steps in an infection prevention protocol for a piece of equipment used in a prostate-related procedure was omitted. Infection control has determined the omission occurred over a three-month period. Because the other steps in the protocol were properly followed, Swedish believes the risk of infection is extremely low. Out of an abundance of caution for our patients, we have directly notified each of them and recommended they receive appropriate testing and evaluation services.
View the KING 5 news story, including an interview with Swedish Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Vassall, here.
Three-star rating awarded for exceptional cardiac surgery by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons
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SEATTLE — Dec. 17, 2013 — Swedish announced today that its Cardiac Surgery Program has been awarded a “three-star” rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). A longstanding surgical leader in the Pacific Northwest, Swedish earned the top honor in coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG), aortic valve replacement surgery (AVR), as well as simultaneous surgery involving both procedures (AVR/CABG).
Swedish is among only 23 hospitals (or the top 2 percent of hospitals) across the country to achieve these quality metrics. Results are based on clinical outcomes of nearly 1,000 cardiac surgery programs, representing approximately 90 percent of all cardiac surgery centers in the United States.
“We are pleased to receive the STS three-star ratings for our CABG, AVR and AVR/CABG programs. This places Swedish in the top two percent of cardiac surgery programs in the U.S.,” says Glenn R. Barnhart, M.D., chief and executive director for Cardiac Surgical Services at the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute. “The STS’s comprehensive rating system allows individuals and medical practices to compare the quality of cardiac surgery at hospitals across the country. Most importantly, it allows centers to objectively evaluate how they can improve patient care in the future. Our entire team of cardiologists, cardiac anesthesiologists, physician assistants, intensive care nurses and physician specialists, and operating room staff has earned this achievement.”
King 5’s New Day Northwest program yesterday profiled the collaboration between the Swedish Orthopedic Institute, Project Access Northwest and others to support the nationwide campaign Operation Walk.
Operation Walk provides uninsured or underinsured patients with access to free, life-changing orthopedic surgeries such as hip and knee replacements. The Operation Walk collaboration was the first of its kind in Seattle and provided services for 11 patients last week.
In the program, Swedish Orthopedic Institute Medical Director Dr. James Crutcher, and Project Access Northwest Executive Director Sallie Neillie, discuss the collaboration, surgical details and how much patients have benefited from their surgeries.
The segment also featured a health panel featuring Dr. Crutcher that took audience questions. You can view the panel video here.
Swedish and Project Access Northwest would like to thank Orthopedic Physician Associates, Physicians Anesthesia Services, Proliance Surgeons and everyone else who played a critical role in helping make this collaboration possible.