CMS: 10 innovative hospital programs

Cambridge, Mass.-based Abt Associates completed its final evaluation of the 10 projects that won hospital-based Health Care Innovation Awards from CMS.

HCIAs provide project funding to healthcare organizations "implementing the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program," according to CMS.

The report, which was prepared for CMS, details how hospitals' workforce development, patient satisfaction, Medicare spending, care utilization and IT use changed as a result of the funding awards.

Here are the 10 projects.

1. Christus Health (Irving, Texas). This health system screened hospital and nursing home patients to identify early signs of congestive heart failure and sepsis.

2. High Value Healthcare Collaborative (Hanover, N.H.). This consortium, which includes 19 health systems and Hanover-based Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, implemented standardized care bundles to improve sepsis care in emergency departments and intensive care units.

3. Emory Healthcare (Atlanta). This health system addressed intensivist shortages by using an eICU and training critical care nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

4. Henry Ford Health System (Detroit). This health system worked to improve patient mobility during hospitalization to reduce hospital-acquired conditions.

5. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). This clinical practice developed a cloud-based electronic system to provide ambient warning and response evaluation for patients in ICUs.

6. Methodist Hospital Research Institute (Houston). This medical research institute screened older patients to determine need for preventative delirium intervention.

7. Methodist Hospital Research Institute (Houston). This medical research institute screened hospital and nursing home patients for early sepsis detection and intervention.

8. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York City). This medical school implemented decision support systems and new clinical protocols to improve geriatric emergency department care.

9. St. Luke's Regional Medical Center (Sioux City, Iowa). This hospital used an eICU to standardize practices and improve intensive care monitoring.

10. University of Chicago. This healthcare provider integrated team-based care across its hospital and campus settings.

Click here to view the full report.

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