Insurers Push Las Vegas Hospitals to Improve Quality

The Health Services Coalition, a group of 24 self-funded insurance plans, has told a group of 13 Las Vegas area hospitals that if they do not improve the quality of care they provide, that they might send patients out of state, according to a report by the Las Vegas Sun.

The coalition has asked the hospitals to provide more transparency about quality initiatives and to come up with plans for improvement. The hospitals met with the insurers earlier this month and are expected to come up with proposals on how they would work to meet quality goals by June 2, in advance of end-of-year contract negotiations.

Nevada ranks worst in the nation for readmissions, and in 2009, Medicare paid $203 million for Nevada readmissions, according to the report.

Read the Las Vegas Sun report on insurer efforts to improve Nevada hospital quality.

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